Spring Break May Increase Accident Risk
Whether you're staying local or taking a tropical getaway, everyone is bound to see higher road and foot traffic throughout spring break. Although state governments work to stagger these weeks throughout the season, studies show the entire month of March can be problematic, with a 9% increase in fatalities from the last week of February to the beginning of April.
Looking ahead to spring break "season,” it's essential to understand how both drivers and pedestrians can contribute to each others' safety during this time.
Safe Driving Habits for Spring Break
For drivers in new, unfamiliar areas or taking road trips during this time, ensuring the safety of you, your passengers, and others on the road is essential. Here are some tips for drivers:
- Have a passenger be the navigator in new areas rather than risk becoming distracted by a phone.
- In coastal areas or those with known foot traffic, decrease your speed and look for pedestrians.
- Avoid driving at night, as there may be higher rates of drunk drivers during this time.
- Road construction crews also become more common during spring, so proceed with caution when in a work zone.
- If driving through multiple states, remember to plan ahead and research their driving laws to avoid an unexpected citation.
Pedestrians Should Remain Cautious
It's not uncommon for pedestrian traffic to significantly increase during spring break, as warmer weather and time off may encourage more people to be out and about. However, it's important to recognize that pedestrians should adhere to the same road rules as drivers. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Many accidents are caused by drunk pedestrians not paying attention and walking in the street, so remember to put your safety first.
- Even when in a designated crosswalk, stay alert and make eye contact with any approaching drivers.
- Be on the lookout for bikes and motorcycles, especially if traveling to areas with designated bike lanes. Be mindful that there may be a separate traffic signal for bike lanes as well.
- If walking at night, only cross in designated crosswalks if available or in well-lit areas.
Bertoldo, Baker, Carter, Smith & Cullen is Here for You Following An Accident
While spring break should be spent with friends having fun, unexpected emergencies could occur that leave someone injured. If you become injured in the Las Vegas area this spring break, Bertoldo, Baker, Carter, Smith & Cullen is here to help. Call (702) 505-8115 to get in touch with one of our attorneys today.