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Survive your summer road trip (and have a great vacation!)

By Ken Gibson on August 23, 2017

With summer winding down, many Virginians are taking a last road trip before cooler weather arrives. Some are heading to historic locations like Williamsburg or Mount Vernon, while others visit our Commonwealth’s beautiful Atlantic beaches. Others take advantage of the last bit of warm weather by driving or motorcycling through Shenandoah National Park on Skyline Drive or elsewhere in Virginia’s mountains.

Whether you prefer nature or history, driving a car or riding a motorcycle, you want to be safe on Virginia’s roadways.

Why can summer be more dangerous for you?

Unfortunately, statistics show that there are more motor vehicle accidents during the summer months. Here are some of the reasons:

  • More people are on the roads, because of vacations.
  • More people are driving in unfamiliar locations, because of vacations.
  • School’s still out, so more teen drivers are on the roads.
  • The summer heat increases equipment failure, particularly in things like tires and hoses.
  • More roadway construction happens during the summer.

What’s the best advice we can offer?

We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys want to give you a tip on how you can stay safe, regardless of what you’re driving or riding. The key is be ALERT.

Many motorcycle accidents happen because bikes are difficult for other drivers to see. Motorists have to keep an eye out for motorcycles, as well as other cars and tractor-trailers. Motorcyclists can help make themselves more visible by wearing brightly colored clothing. Drivers of cars and riders of motorcycles both need to be alert and work together to make the roads safer.

What else can you do to stay safe?

Get your vehicle checked out before hitting the road. Be alert for extra cars. Be alert in new places. Take the time to learn your route. If you see someone driving erratically, keep your distance. Being prepared and thinking about possible situations that could happen, even as you scan the road, will help you avoid an accident.

What if I have an accident?

Late summer is a great time to see the wonders of the Old Dominion. But if the unfortunate happens and you are injured, call GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys for a free consultation at (804) 413-6777. We provide legal help to motorcycle accident victims, as well as car accident victims. There’s no charge to talk with us, so call today. We’ll start working on getting you back on your feet.

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