This weekend is the 4th of July and for many, that means it’s time to hit the road for a vacation. According to an article from the Skiatook Journal, estimates show there will be 41.9 million Americans traveling farther than 50 miles from home—around 556,200 of whom are Oklahomans.
With so many people on our state’s highways and roads, it’s important to keep safety in mind. That’s why our Oklahoma car accident lawyers would like to offer these tips to help reduce your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle collision.
- Get Plenty of Rest– It’s easy to become fatigued while behind the wheel on a long road trip, so be sure to get plenty of sleep before you leave for your destination. If you find yourself getting tired while driving, pull over and rest at the next safe location.
- Don’t Drink and Drive– Alcohol may be served at many of the events and festivities surrounding the 4th of July. If you choose to indulge in alcohol this weekend, designate a driver before heading out. If you cannot establish a sober driver, plan to use a cab or ride-sharing service to get you home safely.
- Eliminate Distractions– When driving, put your phone down, refrain from eating and drinking, and don’t focus on other passengers in the vehicle. Also, remember to adjust the stereo before moving the vehicle.
- Obey the Law– This means don’t speed or tailgate and remember to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know not all crashes can be prevented. That’s why we suggest these five steps to follow after an auto accident if you are involved in a collision.
We hope this information helps to keep you and your loved ones safe during the upcoming 4th of July weekend!