The 4th of July holiday is fast approaching. For many of us, a long Independence Day weekend means summer travel plans—and long hours spent behind the wheel. With this in mind, the team of personal injury attorneys at Daggett Shuler Law wish you safe travels and a happy holiday.
North Carolina Statistics
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) report—North Carolina 2017 Traffic Crash Facts—offers an illustrated analysis of crash statistics across the state. In the report, the NCDOT indicates there were 275,067 vehicle crashes in the state in 2017. In those collisions, 127,964 people suffered injuries, and 1,396 of those injuries proved fatal.
In the same report, the NCDOT recorded 11,342 accidents involving alcohol use. These crashes resulted in 7,922 injuries and 368 deaths. Distracted driving resulted in 54,133 crashes, 25,237 injuries, and 152 fatalities.
Holiday Driving Raises the Odds
The NCDOT report also breaks down incident numbers by holiday. Over the 2017 extended Independence Day holiday weekend, there were 2,671 crashes, 1,335 injuries, and 18 deaths. Of those killed, 10 were not wearing seat belts at the time.
Stay Safe on the Roads
For those planning summer road trips, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers useful Summer Driving Tips to make travel as safe and enjoyable as possible.
- Before You Go: Before the start of your journey, the NHTSA recommends drivers have their vehicle serviced. This includes checking for any open recalls.
- Pay attention to the condition of your tires, belts, hoses, brakes, cooling system, HVAC, fluid levels, windshield wipers, and lighting. They also recommend packing an emergency kit.
- On the Road: Once your trip is underway, the NHTSA reminds drivers to stay alert and share the road in the heavy traffic they are likely to encounter.
- Be very mindful of motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, as they are far more vulnerable than those in passenger cars. Avoid distractions that take your attention off the road.
We Can Help.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, contact Daggett Shuler Law for help. An experienced Car Accident Attorney can handle your entire case and work to secure fair and just compensation for you.
If you have questions about a traffic accident, call Daggett Shuler at 800-815-5500. When you call, you will speak with a Winston-Salem, North Carolina Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to secure the compensation you deserve.
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