Many people in Alaska travel over Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend, unfortunately, can have a number of car accidents because so many people are driving and not practicing safe driving habits. According to car crash estimates from the National Safety Council, approximately 394 people die in car accidents over Labor Day weekend and another 42,000 suffer injuries in automobile accidents. With that in mind, here are some safe driving tips:
- Wear a seat belt: Make sure you and your passengers are wearing a seat belt. Drivers should also make sure children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size.
- Avoid driving distracted: Establish and enforce a cell phone distraction-free zone, especially when you are behind the wheel.
- Understand that cars equipped with electronic devices like GPS can also be distracting: I’m not saying not to use it, but understand it is dangerous and be careful. Don’t program your GPS, for example, when you are driving.
- Allow plenty of travel time: This will help avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed.
- Practice defensive driving: drive cautiously, especially in bad weather and in road construction areas.
- Don’t drink and drive: Have a designated driver or take a taxi cab when you go out with your friends this weekend.
If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney before talking to the insurance company. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free consultation. You can visit our personal injury, car accident, and blog pages for more information.