According to predictions from the AAA, more Americans will travel this 4th of July weekend than any other Independence Day holiday on record. One reason why many more will be hitting the road this weekend is because gas prices continue to remain relatively low.
Therefore, the low gas prices will allow travelers to make last-minute holiday plans for the upcoming weekend.
Unfortunately, with this increased traffic will come unexpected delays, closures and even many accidents throughout the weekend due to overcrowding and high traffic volume. Indeed, road accidents — not terrorism, plane crashes or crime — are the No. 1 killer of healthy Americans traveling abroad, a USA TODAY analysis revealed.
With that said, if you’re hitting the road, particularly during this busy holiday weekend, it is important that you abide by the following safety tips to avoid a car accident:
- Always follow the law and drive within the legal speed limit
- Take alternative routes to avoid congested areas
- Wear your safety seat belt at all times
- Do not drink and drive
- Do not text or talk on the phone while driving
- Watch or listen to traffic reports before getting in the car
What Should You Do If You Are Involved in a Car Accident.
Being involved in a car accident is a nerve racking experience. Most car accident victims are often left disoriented and badly bruised and injured. Consequently, too often car accident victims do not take the time to secure important documents, and gather critical information.
If you are involved in a car accident in Miami, Miami Beach, Keys, South Florida and beyond, these are but a few tips that may help you:
– Seek immediate medical attention.
– Call the authorities to report the accident.
– Obtain the names and addresses of the driver and passenger of the other vehicle or vehicles.
– Obtain the name and address of any and all witnesses to the accident.
In addition, you should also do the following:
– Obtain all insurance information, including the name of the insurance company and policy number, of the other driver or drivers.
– Document how and where the accident occurred.
– Photograph the property damage to all vehicles and the accident scene.