Travelers out in force for the Fourth

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2024 | Personal Injury |

What are your plans for the Fourth of July? If you are like nearly 71 million people here in the United States, you will be traveling by auto. In fact, AAA predicts that this year’s Independence Day holiday will break previously set records for the same timeframe.

The period in question runs from Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, July 7.

More traffic means more accidents

When more trucks and cars are jockeying for position on the roads and interstates, it’s simple math to realize that the risk of wrecks rises as well. There are other risk factors at play over the upcoming summer holiday. They include:

  • Impaired drivers – Those who drink and drive or take legal, illegal or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and climb behind the wheel put everyone with whom they share the road at risk.
  • Inexperienced drivers – Young or otherwise inexperienced motorists with few hours logged in as licensed drivers pose other hazards.
  • Construction zones – Summer in New Jersey can make the roads look like one long construction zone. Not only are the speed limits lower but fines for violators can also be doubled in work zones.

It’s always wise when traveling during holidays to add in extra time to arrive safely at your destination.

 What to do when accidents occur?

If you get injured in an auto accident over the Fourth of July or any other time, what you do following the accident sets the course for its resolution. Never admit fault. Call 911 and seek treatment to document your injuries and other damages. Taking these actions helps preserve your right to pursue civil justice.