‘Tis the season for holiday travel and Montagna Law Firm is here to help you get home safe & sound. We know from experience that some roads in Virginia involve paying greater attention to surrounding drivers. Higher traffic volume in addition to major trucking routes make some highways such as I-81 and I-64 through Staunton and Charlottesville especially notorious for auto accidents. Take a look at our tips for safe holiday travel, and remember: should the worst happen and you or a loved one is injured – or worse – you’ll need a legal professional on your side. Trust the experienced and compassionate attorneys at Montagna Law serving all of Virginia.
Know the Risks: For Thanksgiving alone, 48.7 million Americans planned to travel. Of those, 89% (3.5 million) planned to drive. With that many people on the road, safety is a definite concern. If you’re one of them, be sure to get plenty of rest before a long road trip, and stop often for breaks. It’s important to be alert and aware of your surroundings, particularly when you’re carrying precious cargo (like your family).
Know Who to Call: AAA expected to rescue over 370,000 motorists on the roads over Thanksgiving. If you’re not a AAA member, check the details of your auto insurance or cell phone plan. Some include roadside assistance (often at a small additional charge). Look into specials or promotions going on in the areas you’ll be passing through; some companies may be offering no-strings-attached assistance due to the holiday rush.
Be Prepared. The most common roadside issues include dead batteries and flat tires. Pick up a set of jumper cables (some don’t even need another car to get you going again) or have your battery tested before departure by your preferred mechanic. Snag a flat tire repair kit and a first aid kit while you’re at it – just in case. Should a minor incident occur, you’re well equipped to deal with it and be on your way with minimal time lost.
Be Smart. The best advice we can offer is to stay sober, buckle up and don’t text while driving. Nominate a tried-and-true copilot to handle any drama inside the vehicle, and keep your eyes firmly on the road ahead, especially on roads with a lot of big rig trucks who may not see be able to see you. Keep your distance behind them, and stay clear of their blind spots. Remember, if you can’t see the truck driver in their mirrors, they can’t see you either!
If the worst should happen and you run into holiday travel trouble, keep calm and call Montagna. Our experienced Virginia attorneys are ready and able to take on your personal injury, vehicular accident case. Whether plane, train, or automobile, Montagna Law is here to help.
Jon Montagna received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from American University in Washington D.C. and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1999. Jon practices law in the Hampton Roads Virginia area.