CHICAGO, Ill. (PRWEB) May 26, 2016
The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which marks the official start of the summer travel season. Millions of Americans are expected to hit the road this weekend. In fact, AAA estimates more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record.
But more drivers on the road means an increased risk of car accidents.
Memorial Day weekend is one of the deadliest traveling holidays during the year. The National Safety Council reports 337 traffic fatalities were reported over Memorial Day Weekend in 2014. This year, the organization estimates 439 people will be killed in accidents.
According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the majority of traffic deaths in Illinois – and across the nation – occur during the summer months. The factors that make up what officials call the “fatal four” are speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, distracted driving and failing to wear a seat belt. Additionally, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for people through age 34.
The lawyers at Salvi, Schostok, & Pritchard P.C. know some wrecks are unavoidable, but most crashes could be prevented. To help avoid serious accidents this holiday weekend, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard has put together a list of safety tips to use while traveling:
- Buckle up!
- Reduce your speed
- Don’t drink and drive
- Don’t text and drive
- Check your vehicle
- Drive defensively
- Avoid driving while fatigued
- Keep children safe both in and around your vehicle (Children 12 years old and younger should always be in the back seat.)
You can’t control what other drivers do, but you can take control of your life after a crash. If you are involved in a traffic accident, the road to recovery starts by contacting an attorney who will protect your rights, seek the compensation you deserve and ultimately help to lift your burdens.
The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have decades of experience with helping crash victims and their families in Chicago and throughout Illinois. An attorney from our firm is available to discuss road trip safety in more detail. To schedule an interview, please contact Marcie Mangan, Public Relations Manager, at 312-372-1227 or mmangan(at)salvilaw(dot)com.