Summer is here, and it’s prime road trip season. Before you pack your bags and venture across the country, or just across beautiful New York in the summertime, you’ll want to be sure that you’re prepared to safely hit the road.
Why? Because car accidents occur in the summer months. There are a few reasons, and the team at The Law Offices of William Mattar can give you some tips if your summer fun has been interrupted by an auto collision.
In the summer months, more people are traveling, and the roadways become congested with extra traffic. In addition, tourists aren’t as familiar with your city’s streets as you are, and may be distracted by GPS directions.
Teenagers are on the roads in the summertime as well.. These high school and college students can also become distracted, both with friends in the car and texting and driving.
Finally, there are more bicyclists and motorcycle drivers on the roads in the summer, taking advantage of warmer weather to reduce their carbon footprint. These folks may be more likely to be severely injured in a car accident, as they aren’t protected by a larger vehicle. Additionally, many drivers simply may not see a cyclist or biker on the roads until it’s too late.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important that you file a police report, even if it appears that there’s minimal property damage to your vehicle and your passengers. Police documentation can help establish who is at fault for the wreck, and having this on record is especially important if the other driver is an out-of-state visitor.
It’s also important to seek medical attention after a collision. Sometimes, injuries may not show up right away because you have more adrenaline in your body, which can mask the feelings of an actual injury. If you suspect you were injured, a medical professional can evaluate your health and determine any underlying injuries from the wreck.
Summer driving accidents can be upsetting and frightening. If you’ve been struck by another driver, you are entitled to compensation to repair or replace your vehicle, cover all medical bills associated with the injuries, and even lost wages if you miss work due to the wreck. An experienced car accident attorney at William Mattar can help pursue your claim, from initial filing and paperwork all the way through negotiations with a big insurance company and even in a court of law if they challenge your claim. Don’t go it alone – call our car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of William Mattar today!