The weather is getting warmer and summer is just around the corner. That means the time is coming for some more summer road trips. We love getting out on the road as much as anyone, but we are also painfully aware of the dangers of such trips. According to the Utah Department of Health, a person dies every 33 hours in a car accident just in our state. That’s why we want to encourage safe road tripping – to avoid as many Utah car accidents as possible.
Road Trip Tips to Avoid Utah Car Accidents
There are several things that you can do on your road trip that will protect you and your passengers. To keep the number of Utah car accidents as low as possible, do the following:
1. Don’t let anyone drive while intoxicated.
There is a real sense of freedom that comes from hitting the road for an extended period. That sense of freedom can be great, but it can also lead to poor decision-making. No matter how free you feel, you should still prevent anyone intoxicated from driving your vehicle – whether it’s you or someone else.
2. Make sure your vehicle is well-maintained before going on a trip.
Car maintenance should ideally be a priority year-round. But even if you don’t keep up with maintenance regularly, you should definitely make sure your car is in good working order before a road trip. The last thing you want is for your car to break down far from home or in the middle of nowhere. Proper maintenance protects you and others on the road around you and helps prevent Utah car accidents.
3. Don’t pull over on the side of the highway unless it’s an emergency.
This is especially true at night. It’s an unfortunate fact that many people are killed every year on the side of the road. They pull over for whatever reason and then another driver hits them, often at high speeds. In fact, your taillights can draw drunk drivers to you on a wide, empty road at night. They focus on them and veer toward your vehicle.
You may have no choice but to pull over. If that’s the case, get yourself and others out of the car and away from it further off the side of the road until help arrives.
Experienced Attorneys for Victims of Utah Car Accidents
We know Utah car accidents and their legal ramifications. If you or a loved one is dealing with serious injuries caused by a negligent driver, we want to hear your story. There’s a chance that you could file a successful lawsuit against the responsible party. We can help you with that process.
Please contact our law firm today at (801) 521-4145 or complete our secure online contact form. The sooner we speak with you, the sooner we can get started on your case.