Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior partner
Traditionally, the summer travel season begins with Memorial Day Weekend. Increased traffic volume also means an increased chance of automobile accidents. Common sense preparation and safe driving practices can prevent many of those collisions from ever happening.
Before traveling, follow these sensible guidelines:
- Check your car or have it serviced before any long trip.
- Stock and pack an emergency kit. At a minimum, be sure to include water, jumper cables, flashlight, tire changing equipment, flares and a first aid kit.
- Verify that child safety seats are properly installed.
- Map out your travel route, especially if traveling in unfamiliar territory.
- Check the weather conditions along your route.
- Copy relatives or friends about your travel arrangements in case of an emergency.
While on the road, practice and enforce no-nonsense rules:
- Do not engage in distracted driving — no cell phone, no texting, no rubber-necking.
- Require everyone in the vehicle to buckle up.
- Obey all speed limits and road signs.
- Drive calmly and avoid confrontation with aggressive drivers.
- Avoid driving while tired. Take a driving break about every two hours.
- Exercise caution around railroad crossings.
- Note and avoid the “No Zone” around trucks. Make certain you can see the trucker driver in the truck’s mirror.
- Slow down in work zones, obey all signs and pay attention to the driver just ahead of you.
- Move over and slow down for emergency vehicles.
Since the beginning of the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, we have included a number of posts to remind drivers of the importance of alert and safe driving during the holiday travel season. Seat belt safety is such a significant part of safe driving that it cannot be over-emphasized.
Previously posted on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog:
- Seat Belt Safety and Counseling by Physicians (2007)
- National Click it or Ticket Campaign for 2007
- Click It or Ticket Campaign for 2008
- Click It or Ticket Campaign for 2009
- Click It or Ticket Campaign for 2010
Mark the beginning of your summer travels with a pleasant memory instead of a nightmare trip, or even worse, a tragedy. Drive safely and have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.
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About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., which awarded him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” for 2011. He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2011 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)– national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.