Memorial Day is the official start of summer, and with that event comes plenty of long-weekend celebrations. Everyone is so excited to kick off the season, and to have three days in which to do it, that they try to pack in a whole ton of fun, sometimes to the detriment of themselves and those around them. Keep safety at the top of your list this Memorial Day and every summer weekend with these tips to avoid personal injury accidents.
Avoid a Car Crash on Memorial Day Weekend
Car crashes are completely preventable. If every motorist avoids the following behavior it would be safe to get in a vehicle and hit the road:
- Aggressive driving: Following someone closely, passing in no-passing zones, zooming through red lights, driving aggressively in any way is the fast route to a car crash. Slow down and take your time.
- Drunk driving: Everyone wants to have a good time on a holiday weekend, but having too good of a time then choosing to drive is a mistake. Don’t drive drunk. Don’t drive after even one drink. Make smart choices so you, your passengers, and those around you stay safe.
- Breaking the speed limit: You want to get where you’re going as fast as you can. But your destination will still be there, even if you arrive late. Make sure you get there, period, by driving the speed limit and not risking your own well-being or that of others.
- Distracted driving: Cell phones are the top offender when it comes to distracted driving, but there are other draws in a vehicle that take a driver’s eyes off the road, from messing with dashboard controls to tending to a backseat passenger. Keep your focus where it belongs.
- Drowsy driving: Tired after a long night out? Up late with the baby? Long shift at work? Pull over in a safe area and sleep until the drowsiness passes, or don’t leave where you are and lay down in a bed and rest.
Stay Safe on Boats, Bikes, and Motorcycles
Whether you’re out on the lakes like thousands of other Michigan residents, hopping on your bicycle for a leisurely drive, or getting on your motorcycle for a pleasant ride, take precautions:
- Boaters: Follow the rules of the water and make sure only an experienced boater is driving the craft. The rules of the road apply – no drinking, no distracted driving.
- Bicyclists: If you’re an inexperienced bicyclist, choose a less busy weekend or a carefully delineated bike path instead of pressing your luck alongside motorists. Veteran cyclists, use common sense too. Sharing the road is a rule for you and the motorists alongside you.
- Motorcyclists: It’s the weekend of all weekends to get on your motorcycle and enjoy a ride. The only problem is that tons of motorists on Michigan highways are not always looking out for you. Wear protective gear and follow the rules of the road.
If you have been involved in a car accident or any other sort of accident, get help from the personal injury lawyers at Femminineo Attorneys, PLLC in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.