Avoiding accidents this summer

Summer is a deadly time for driving. Here are some tips to stay safe on the roads.

Summer is a popular time for people to take to roads throughout the country. With the increase in the number of vehicles on roadways, there is the increased potential for accidents. The National Safety Council is expressing concerns over the increasing number of fatalities in motor vehicles accidents in 2015.

The report states that fatal accidents increased eight percent over a similar time period in 2014. This is especially troubling, as the summer is considered to be the deadliest time of the year on roadways.

Officials are suggesting some things that drivers can do to reduce the risk of accident. They are encouraging motorists to stop using cellphones while driving. While Pennsylvania has very strict laws prohibiting texting while behind the wheel, many drivers still engage in this dangerous behavior.

Drivers should also be sure to refrain from drinking alcohol before operating a motor vehicle. Many individuals get together with family and friends during the summer months, and drink at parties or celebrations. Appointing a designated driver can improve safety for all motorists on roadways.

Pennsylvania law enforcement officers will be conducting several campaigns aimed at removing some of the most dangerous drivers from roadways. They have received grants to increase patrols during the summer months, and will be looking for drivers engaging in aggressive behaviors, as well as drivers who are impaired or distracted.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to understand the steps that you should take to preserve your claims for compensation. Take photos of the accident scene, so that you are able to introduce evidence that supports your version of events. Be sure that you collect contact information of any witnesses to the crash.

Perhaps most importantly, seek medical attention for any injuries that you may have suffered in the accident. If you do not see your physician in a timely manner after the crash, it could be impossible to connect your injuries to the collision.

Once you have determined the extent of your injuries, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to begin preparing your case. Your attorney will be able to offer you skilled guidance throughout the process, from initial negotiations with insurance companies through any trial, if it is necessary.

You may have never been involved in an accident before, and have serious questions about your case. By working together with an attorney, you will be able to continue to move your case forward and maximize the compensation you receive.