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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day Traffic

Memorial Day is the first holiday of the summer travel season, making it one of the heaviest travel times of the year. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 39 million Americans are expected to travel more than fifty miles away from their home this year. That is about one million more travelers this Memorial Day compared to last year. Travel by all modes of transportation is expected to be at its highest levels since 2005.

In Georgia alone, more than one million travelers are expected, many of them on I-75 in Henry County. Of the 1.17 million Georgians travelling this long weekend, 1.05 million will be travelling by car. To help mitigate the projected Memorial Day traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will suspend their construction-related lane closures from noon on Friday, May 26, until 5 a.m Tuesday, May 30 on interstate highways.

The suspension of interstate lane closures will help with the volume of expected traffic and travel times, however, accidents will still occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data, Memorial Day weekend is number one in most fatal car accidents per year. The last decade has shown an average of 312 fatal accidents per year during this long weekend.

It is extremely important to keep safety in mind when travelling this holiday weekend. The National Safety Council (NSC) released suggested tips for a safe holiday travel. Some of these safety reminders are to buckle up, always use child safety seats, always assign a designated driver, take breaks while driving to avoid fatigue, and avoid all distractions.

Nonetheless, if an accident does occur on the road, the GDOT advises drivers to never get out of the car on a freeway, unless there is imminent danger. After an accident or breakdown, it is best to pull a safe distance off the road, activate the hazard lights, and stay seat-belted inside of the vehicle with the doors locked until emergency services arrive.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, that required medical attention and needs help with your claim, contact John Webb today for a free consultation at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com  or call 770-389-4864.

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