Did you know that the Fourth of July is the deadliest day on the road, according to statistics? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that, on average, more than 118 people are killed in crashes on Independence Day. This is higher than the average number of fatalities reported on any other day.
With this in mind, we urge drivers across Kentucky to use caution on the roads over the upcoming holiday. Below, we list some things everyone can to do stay safe and avoid potentially dangerous drivers this weekend.
- Stay alert; don’t drive if you are overly tired and put your phone away so you can be focused on driving.
- Be aware of drivers swerving or drifting into other lanes and try to get out of the way.
- Avoid driving late at night and during peak traffic hours if possible.
- Don’t engage in aggressive driving, even if another driver provokes you.
- Don’t get in the car with a drunk driver.
- Drive defensively.
- Talk to young drivers about paying attention and keeping the number of passengers in the car to a minimum.
- Use caution and be alert for drivers who might pull out in front of you or race through a red light.
- Wear your seat belt at all times.
While we cannot stop others from making bad decisions behind the wheel, we can do some things to protect ourselves and identify (and steer clear of) potentially reckless, negligent drivers.
In the event that you do get hurt in a car accident with a dangerous driver over the holiday, remember that you can hold that driver accountable for things like medical bills, car repair and emotional distress. You should not have to pay for someone else’s bad behaviors, and with legal guidance, you can secure compensation so you don’t have to.