Philadelphia accident lawyer Rand Spear says summer accidents and injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians can be avoided if drivers don’t drink and drive, buckle up and focus on driving.
According to AAA, there may have been more than 34 million people travelling the nation’s roadways this past Memorial Day holiday, says Rand Spear, Philadelphia accident lawyer. Though the price of gas may be down the toll in traffic deaths and injuries was probably high with the National Safety Council predicting 439 people being killed and another 15,500 being seriously injured nationwide.
Closer to home a pedestrian was killed crossing a road in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Sunday night by a woman arrested for driving under the influence and a Philadelphia woman was killed while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard Friday evening. These cases illustrate some of the dangers of summer driving according to Philadelphia accident lawyer Rand Spear, who discussed these issues on a podcast available on YouTube.
“A lot of people like to have a good time and part of having a good time sometimes involves the consumption of alcohol. Make sure that there’s a designated driver,” Spears says, “If you want to have a good time let one person agree that they’re not having any alcohol and they will be the designated driver. That way everyone can have a good time and everyone can get home safe.”
Spear says that based on his more than 30 years of helping accident victims the use of seat belts saves lives. “I’ve seen so many cases where if they were not wearing their seat belts the injuries would’ve been much worse. Without them there can be horrific injuries, it’s like being a ball rolling around the inside of a car.” He also warns drivers to put down smart phones and don’t be distracted while driving.
While many of us drive long distances during summer holidays Spear says the greatest danger may be just around the block from home. “Just because you’re going to run to the store or around the corner or do an errand you should you should still take the same precautions: buckle up, don’t use that cell phone and don’t have a drink and then drive.” Spear says drivers need to be wary of local roads with intersections which may or may not have control devices.
Spear says it’s upsetting to know that over summer weekends people will be needlessly killed and injured in preventable traffic accidents. “Just slow down a little bit. Don’t be in such a hurry, you’re going to get where you need to be. There is just no need to rush so slow down, enjoy the ride, enjoy the weather, enjoy yourself and just don’t be in such a rush, especially at night,” Spear says.
If you or a family member are injured you need to get proper medical treatment right away to get yourself checked and make sure you’re OK, Spear suggests, then follow up and call his office about your legal rights to compensation for any injuries.
“We work with doctors to find out the extent of someone’s injuries and go over the diagnostic tests step by step, very methodically, to put together a complete picture of how this accident has impacted our clients’ lives. For many clients their quality of their life is just not the same as it was before the traffic accident,” Spear says.
If you or a family member suffered an injury due to a vehicle accident Philadelphia accident lawyer Rand Spear is available to help those living in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His phone number is 888-373-4LAW.