Our Carolina personal injury lawyers wish you and your family a safe Independence Day holiday!
Gas prices are much lower than they were just a year ago and because of it Americans nationwide are expected to hit the road for this year’s Fourth of July holiday period. The falling gas prices and an improving economy are both expected to boost July Fourth travel in Carolinas to pre-recession levels, reported AAA Carolinas.
In just our state, nearly 510,000 residents are expected to travel at least 50 miles from their home over the Fourth of July holiday. That’s an increase of about 5 percent from the predictions last year and the highest we’ve seen since 2007. More travelers means that you have higher risks for a car accident in Greenville and elsewhere, so be careful out there and go out with a plan!
Local AAA officials are saying that our state has the lowest average gas prices in the entire country at about $2.98 a gallon. This is nearly 40 cents lower that the cost of a gallon of gas over the Memorial Day holiday and more than 60 cents cheaper than last year’s Fourth of July, according to the Spartanburg Herald Journal.
Our roadways are going to be awfully congested for this year’s holiday. We’re asking motorists to be safe and alert during their travels to help to reduce the risks of a potentially fatal accident. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there will be an approximate 173 people who are killed in auto accidents over the holiday period, which is defined as the time from July 3rd at 6:00 p.m. through July 4th at 11:59 p.m. In addition to these fatalities, officials are also predicting that there will be more than 17,000 people who are injured in motor vehicle collisions.
To help to keep motorists safe during this holiday, officials with the NSC are offering the following safety tips. Motorists are encouraged to read, review and share these tips with loved ones.
Safe Driving Tips for the Fourth:
-Don’t use your cell phone in the driver’s seat. Put it in the glove box or in the back seat to avoid temptation.
-Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is wearing their seat belt during every car ride.
-Be sure that child passengers are properly buckled in the back seat in the proper child safety seat.
-Be careful to never leave a child behind when exiting a vehicle. During this time of year we see far too many heat-related child injuries resulting from these scenarios.
-If you’re going to be out drinking make sure that you have a designated driver or that you have another sober ride home, whether it’s a taxi, a bus or a sober friend or family member.
-Never get into the vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.
-Plan ahead for roadway congestion and plan for multiple stop along your journey.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident in Greenville or in any of the nearby areas, contact the Carolina injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1.800.533.6845.
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