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The Hidden Dangers of Summer Road Trips in Colorado

Colorado is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful states in the country. There is gorgeous natural scenery around every bend. This makes for some fantastic road trips, especially in the summertime. These summer trips are particularly popular with families since the kids have the seasons off from school. The road-trippers might be both tourists and Colorado residents alike—after all, there is so much for everyone to see!

Unfortunately, the busy summer season comes with a downside: a higher risk of getting into a car accident. Even the most minor auto accident can become lengthy, painstaking ordeals—especially if they end up causing personal injury and/or property damage. Not to mention the safety of your passengers is at stake. For these reasons, it is in your best interest to take the proper precautions before heading off on your very own Colorado road trip.

The Statistics Do Not Lie

Maybe you think that all of this is exaggerated. After all, how risky can a simple road trip be? The answer, it turns out, is a lot. A study from the U.S. Department of State has found that traffic-related injuries are the leading cause of death for travelers. 32% of these reported deaths were caused specifically by road accidents. And this is not just an isolated problem, either. In fact, it is a worldwide issue. It is such an epidemic that the United Nations designated the years 2011 to 2020 as the official Decade of Action for Road Safety.

You do not want to be another one of these statistics, and you definitely do not want your loved ones to be either. Unfortunately, statistics show that car accidents are on the rise all over the country. Furthermore, the leading causes of auto accidents are almost entirely preventable. If you can keep yourself from driving while intoxicated, driving while distracted, or excessive speeding, then congratulations! You can prevent yourself from getting into one of the most common types of automobile accidents.

Of course, you will want to do all you can to prevent yourself from getting in any sort of car accident at all. This is especially true during the summer, where the number of accidents peaks. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, August is the deadliest month when it comes to auto accidents. In August 2008 alone, the number of reported fatalities exceeded 3,000. The fatality rate is 1.42 per 100,000; this is 0.10 higher than either June or September!

Keeping Yourself Safe During a Road Trip

When it comes to preventing road trip accidents, taking a common-sense approach is a good place to start. Being a responsible driver means subjecting your car to regular maintenance, so you will want to make sure that everything on your vehicle is in top-notch condition before you start heading off on your road trip. It is always best to catch potential problems before they occur.

Not sure where to start? The following is a standard list of things that you should check before beginning a long trip:

  • Battery tests
  • Brake inspections
  • Headlights
  • New windshield wipers
  • Tire pressure
  • Topped-off wiper fluid

The Hidden Dangers of Summer Road Trips in ColoradoOnce you have gotten all of those checked out, you will want to make sure that your remote keys do not need to be replaced. Many people do not even think about the fact that their remote keys are battery-powered. On the contrary, most of us take them for granted. In reality, however, the battery life on these is finite—just like on any other device.

You do not want to be caught off guard and get locked out of your car while in the middle of a road trip. This is especially true if your route will take you off the beaten path. Nobody wants to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with no way to get back into their car. Yikes! To minimize the chances of this happening to you, remember to always carry a spare key. This way, you do not have to worry about getting stranded in a foreign place.

You may also want to consider packing an emergency roadside survival kit. This is especially true if you are traveling with your family and children. Some items you may want to pack in your emergency kit include but are not limited to:

  • Duct tape
  • Empty fuel canister
  • Extra food (non-perishables) and water
  • Flashlight
  • Funnel and tube
  • Tire jack
  • Tow strap
  • Rain gear
  • Spare tire

Different locations may call for different supplies. Because of this, you may want to research your route to see what else you could supplement your kit with. Remember that the idea is not to pack your kit with every possible need but to simply be prepared with anything you may need in case of an emergency. The emergency kit should not be a source of anxiety but of comfort.

Pay Attention to Your Body

Sometimes, life gets in the way of even the best-laid plans. This means that you will want to expect the unexpected. When it comes to road trips, blood clots are a common unforeseen complication. These may occur during road trips because of the inherent extended travel time.

In the United States, over two million people suffer from severe blood clots every year. Around 200,000 victims die as a result. It is not uncommon for blood clots to lead to more severe problems, such as heart attacks or strokes. During road trips, sometimes people make the mistake of ignoring their bodily symptoms. They want to get to their destination as quickly as possible and do not take the time to rest.

This is a mistake. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can develop as a result of extended travel time. Letting your limbs remain inactive increases your risk of developing such blood clots. These blood clots have the potential to even move into one of the lungs. This may lead to a pulmonary embolism, a phenomenon that proves fatal around one-third of the time.

Do not let this happen to you. Listen to your body. Give it the proper attention and exercise it deserves.

Seeking Legal Help

Unfortunately, sometimes things go awry no matter how many precautions you have taken. If you have recently been involved in a road trip accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our seasoned nationwide car accident attorneys. We have helped countless clients resolve their cases. We can help you, too.

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