Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Explains: Long Road Trips May Lead to Accidents


June 01, 2015

Many Georgians love taking road trips in the summer, experiencing what the south has to offer. Along with this influx of traffic comes the risk of accidents occurring. This is especially the case when people take long road trips, whether they are limited to Georgia or expansive across the United States. Long road trips create a host of situations that put drivers and passengers at an increased risk of suffering injuries as a result of an automobile accident.

Why Are Long Road Trips Potentially Dangerous?

Any time you get on the roadway, you are placing yourself at risk for being involved in an automobile accident. However, long road trips expose individuals to potential hazards which include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • A driver operating a vehicle while sleep-deprived;
  • Drivers and/or passengers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Making frequent stops along busy roadways for reasons such as taking photographs of scenery, changing a flat tire, getting something out of the trunk of the car, or changing drivers; 
  • Distractions from passengers, loud music, and cell phones (among others), which can put the driver in a situation where he or she is unable to focus on the road.

When Unsafe or Inattentive Driving on Long Road Trips Results in Accidents

Unfortunately, there is no way to know when a sleep-deprived or distracted driver will be passing your way after a twelve or fourteen hour driving shift. When you suffer the consequences of a negligent driver, you should speak to a personal injury attorney to learn about your legal rights.

There are also situations where a sleep-deprived driver, as a result of a long road trip, pulls over to the side of the road in order to rest or switch drivers.  Other drivers may not be paying attention, striking the vehicle on the side of the road. Thus, there are countless ways in which accidents may involve drivers who are on long road trips.  If you are injured because of an at-fault driver, you deserve to have your case thoroughly evaluated by a legal professional to ensure your rights are protected.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

Our auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates represent those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. 

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.