Summer Road Trips: How to Avoid Personal Injury Accidents on the Highway

For many Americans summer means vacation. Time to gas up the car, get the swimsuits and towels ready and hit the road. You look forward to it all during those dreary winter months. What happens when your road trip turns into an accident nightmare, though? If that happens, keep in mind that a South Carolina personal injury attorney can help you get the help you need. 

Understanding the Risks of Highway Travel During Summer

When school is out and the weather is nice, many American families head out. According to AAA, 97% of families take summer vacation trips by car. The average distance we travel is 284 miles, one way, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Not even inflation or high gas prices can keep us home, now that COVID worries have subsided. 

Unfortunately, spending hours in the car increases the chances that you will get into an accident. If you’re tired and driving at night, your vision is limited to 500 feet. Driving at night, while tired, means you’re more likely to have an accident, according to the National Safety Council

Tips for a Safer Summer Road Trip

The best way to lower your chances of getting into a car accident this summer is to be prepared, and use common sense. Here are some tips for making sure your vacation is safe and fun:

  • Perform a vehicle checkup before departing
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Avoid traveling at peak traffic times
  • Take regular breaks to get out of the car and stretch
  • Stay hydrated and eat light, healthy snacks
  • Limit night driving
  • Use seat belts and ensure children are in appropriate safety seats
  • Avoid distractions such as using your phone while driving 
  • Observe speed limits and adjust speed according to road conditions
  • Pack an emergency kit and be prepared for emergencies

It’s also a good idea to pack a road atlas or map in the car or print out directions in case your GPS doesn’t work. Consider ditching the GPS and traveling old school! Your children would benefit from map skills.

What to Do if You’re Involved in a Highway Accident

If you get into an accident, pull your vehicle safely to the side of the road if possible, and call 911. The operator should be able to get the appropriate law enforcement officers there. Exchange insurance information with the other driver, no matter who was at fault. Take lots of photos with your phone, not just of the vehicles but of the signage. If your car isn’t driveable, ask the officer where to find the nearest motel. 

Reach Out to Our Personal Injury Attorney in Myrtle Beach & Florence

You may not be aware of the laws in the jurisdiction where your accident occurred, so it’s always a good idea to reach out to an attorney. An experienced attorney can advise you of the best course of action. In some states, even if an accident was partially your fault, you can recover. Contact Wilcox, Buyck & Williams, PA today. We will make sure your rights are protected and you get the compensation you deserve.