The summer months in Indianapolis mean many of us will be out on the roads, enjoying trips and taking in local attractions with family and friends. Unfortunately, this increase in traffic means an increased likelihood of auto accidents and injuries, warranting extra precautions to keep you and your passengers safe.
Reducing the Likelihood for Auto Accidents and Injuries
Drivers in Indianapolis and throughout Marion County face a higher risk of auto accidents than do other drivers in the state. According to the most recent edition of the Indiana Highway Safety Fact Book, police and traffic reports indicate more than 37,000 crashes and collisions occurred in our area over the course of 2016, ranking us as highest in the state. Amidst heavy summer traffic, when you are more likely to take to the roads, the following are five important safety tips to keep in mind:
Slow down in summer traffic.
Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents and makes injuries sustained in crashes more severe. Follow posted speed limits and take your time in getting where you are going, avoiding aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating and failing to yield.
Be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians.
According to a May 2018 Fox 59 News report, pedestrian accidents have nearly tripled in number over previous years. During warm weather months, pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to take to the streets and sidewalks, and drivers should use particular care to avoid collisions in crosswalks and at intersections.
Teens are among the most at-risk age group for car accidents and injuries, due to their overall lack of experience and maturity in making sound judgments. If you are a parent, monitor your teens’ activities and set reasonable limits on their driving time.
Use care when preparing for road trips.
Heat and humidity wreak havoc with your vehicle, making maintenance issues more likely. Check fluid levels, tire pressure, and engine coolant before taking trips to avoid breakdowns, which put you at risk.
Keep your mind on the road.
It is easy to get distracted by all the sights and sounds of summer, but not paying attention jeopardizes the safety of you and other motorists. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road at all times, and avoid distractions such as cell phones or texting.
Reach Out to Our Indianapolis Car Accident Attorneys
Despite your precautions, car crashes and collisions can still occur. When they do, reach out and contact Holland and Holland, Indianapolis injury attorneys. Request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you get the compensation you need to recover.