One of the nation’s favorite times of the year, Easter weekend and spring break activities are often filled with holiday cheer with family and friends. As the warmer weather brings out more travelers on the road, it is important to prioritize safety for the weekend, and all throughout the spring season.
The warmer weather brings out the distractions for drivers, such as texting or talking on your phone and chatting it up with passengers. Eliminate all distractions by putting the phone away or have a passenger hold your phone if you need to use it for directions, particularly if you are on a long trip. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents and can happen to anyone at any time.
Nice weather and time off can be synonymous with drinking and partying, so be on the lookout for drunk drivers. Particularly on Easter Weekend, when many colleges may be on spring break, there is an increase in irresponsible drivers on the road. It is never okay to drink and drive, so if you have a drink while out, make sure to have a designated driver or use a rideshare service to get home safely.
Easter weekend and spring break may mean more teenaged drivers out on the road. Although many are safe, they are inexperienced and easily distracted by their friends and phones, so be on the lookout for teen drivers.
Share the Road
You will likely see a higher number of motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians out with the nicer weather, and it will more than likely be sunny and warm on Easter weekend. Remember to share the road with them and drive cautiously when they are nearby, as they have rights to the road just as much as any driver.
Mind the weather forecast, especially if you are going on a long trip for the weekend. Spring can bring showers and thunderstorms, which can lead to flash floods. Spring can also bring strong winds and fog in the morning. Bad weather lowers your visibility and increases the chances of an accident, so maintain a safe following distance when the weather is poor, and always have your headlights on.
Be aware of sun glare as well, since spring means brighter mornings and the sunset around the evening commute, and sun glare can blind you instantly if you are not careful. Have a pair of sunglasses handy in the car and be sure to use your sun visor.
What if I Get into a Car Accident?
Unfortunately, car accidents happen, and they may happen to you or a loved one. Should you get into an accident, keep the following actions in mind to stay safe in the aftermath:
- Make sure everyone involved is safe and out of harm’s way.
- Call the police as soon as you are able. More than likely, they will send an ambulance to the seen as well, where you can get medical attention or go to the hospital if necessary.
- Get the contact information from the other driver, as well as their insurance information.
- Get descriptions of the events from any witnesses and get their contact information as well.
- Remember to get a copy of the police report for your records and for any insurance claims.
- If you get medical attention, be sure to keep all the records, from prescriptions to treatment plans.
- Contact a car accident lawyer to discuss the accident if you are injured.
New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state, meaning that in all likelihood, you would use your own insurance to make a claim instead of using the other driver’s, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Only if the injury or damage is severe would you be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver. If so, you definitely want to contact an attorney right away.
Atlantic City Car Accident Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Help Those Injured by Negligent Drivers on Easter Weekend
Every year, the warmer, sunnier weather of the Easter holiday brings out everyone in the community. Unfortunately, that means more congested roadways and higher chances of car accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, then contact our Atlantic City car accident lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm immediately. Our knowledgeable and skilled team has years of experience with cases like yours and will gladly help you. Call us today at 609-926-3300 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. From our office in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we proudly serve all communities of Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, Woodbury, and throughout South Jersey.