We at the Beattie Law Firm always want you to practice safe driving, no matter the time of year; however, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year – and the deadliest on the highway – and we urge you to take extra precaution when traveling.
In 2011, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed nationwide according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the fatalities, statistics show almost 50 percent were not wearing seatbelts. As your personal injury law firm, we want to remind you to take the necessary precautions to stay safe during your travels – and keep the safety of others on the road.
Take the following safety measures when you get ready to go on the road:
· Buckle Up. It’s the law.
· Do not drive under the influence. When you are enjoying the season of “thanks” with your families, remember to limit your alcohol consumption, or plan to have a designated driver.
· Do not drive while fatigued. An abundance of food may make you feel drowsy. If you plan on traveling after a big meal, make sure you get the proper rest. Take extra precaution if you are sleepy, and do not drive.
· Do not text and drive. Refrain from texting and driving or talking on the cell phone while driving. This distraction is as dangerous as driving intoxicated.
· Make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Make sure your engine, brakes, headlights and wipers are good for traveling. If you do not have time to check your car yourself, take your vehicle in to your trusted automotive shop.
· Drive accordingly. Always drive within the speed limit and drive at a speed that is appropriate given traffic, roadway and weather conditions.
As you get together with your families, friends, and loved ones to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday – remember to stay safe. We at the Beattie Law Firm want to wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.