While celebrating Independence Day in Mobile, a car wreck attorney may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July 4th continues to be one of the deadliest days to be on the road.
The IIHS found that between 2000 and 2013, more fatal car accidents occurred on Independence Day than any other day of the year. Memorial Day became the leading day for auto-accident fatalities in 2014, but July 4th remains one of the most dangerous days to drive due to a combination of intoxicated drivers and increased traffic.
On average, nearly 40 million Americans travel more than 50 miles from home every 4th of July. This year, since the holiday falls on a weekend, those numbers are expected to increase significantly.
If you plan on traveling this July 4th, know what to do if you are involved in an accident. You can improve your chances of a safe drive by following these common-sense recommendations:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Don’t text and drive
- Don’t drive if you’re tired
- Use caution when changing lanes
- Wear your seatbelt
You may want to consider simply leaving the car at home this holiday weekend and catch a ride with a designated driver or travel by taxi or public transportation.
If this holiday weekend leaves you in need of a qualified Mobile car accident attorney, please contact Long & Long today by completing the form on this page, or by calling 251-432-2277 to schedule a consultation. Our offices are based in Mobile and Orange Beach, and welcome clients throughout Alabama.