Bill remembers driving up the New York State Thruway several years ago.
It was a normal drive and he encountered the expected summer time traffic.
At least until he was heading north around Kingston.
Just past the Kingston exit, Bill was passed by a vehicle that, to his
estimation, was traveling at ninety miles per hour. “There is just
no need to go that fast,” he remembers thinking to himself. Twenty
minutes later, Bill passed that very same car. Only now, the vehicle was
overturned on the side of the road and New York State Troopers had already
responded to the accident scene.
Lying in the bed of an Albany Hotel later that evening, Bill watches news
reports and learns that the vehicle carried a family of four and all were
pronounced dead at the scene.
While this story is fictional, the experienced Kingston summer travel accident
attorneys know that it is not farfetched. Vacation destinations are reached
by personal vehicles, buses, trains, and planes. Accidents will happen
no matter which one is used. Commercial vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians
will be encountered too and such may pose unique challenges. In every
case, people can return home safely from summer vacation travels by driving
defensively to prevent roadway accidents and injuries.
If you are driving your car for vacation this summer, make sure to obey
all traffic laws and regulations, especially those in regards to vehicle
speed. Your hotel is not going anywhere and will be there when you arrive,
whether you drive 55 miles per hour or 75 miles per hour. Bring your cell
phone and safety supplies. Luggage racks and other things attached to
the vehicle should be done so properly.
Many people use buses to get to their summer vacation destinations. Sometimes,
other modes of transportation are used and then buses are used to get
around the town people are visiting. If you travel by bus, you can take
actions to be safer even though you are not in the driver’s seat.
First and foremost, research the bus carrier to see if they have numerous
safety violations and accident reports. Investigate to see if the company
is insured. Once on the bus, identify the locations of the emergency exits.
If seat belts are present, use them. Lastly, never do anything to distract
the bus driver.
The above should make perfect sense to all readers, but how can one be
safer when traveling by train? Is not train travel out of one’s
hands in regard to riding a train? After all, the conductor is operating
the train. This is partly true. But train passengers can still take additional
measures to increase safety.
Passengers should be aware of their surroundings when on train platforms
and stations. Carefully walk through car isles. If you see something that
does not look right, inform staff. If you believe the train is traveling
too fast given the track, surroundings, and conditions, contact the proper
parties and discuss your concerns.
It is important to realize that
train accidents happen on a yearly basis. Passengers and pedestrians injured by train
accidents have rights to compensation if the accident was caused by an
act of negligence. Experienced Kingston summer travel accident attorneys
know all too well how devastating train accidents are and these attorneys
can help get victims the compensation they deserve.
Now consider bicycle safety. Many vacationers rent bicycles so that they
can quickly and cheaply get around their vacation town. It is a great
and fun idea, but one should know the rules before riding. For example,
ride on the right side of the road along with traffic going in the same
direction. Obey traffic signs and signals. Walk the bike through crosswalks
instead of riding through a cross walk. Do not double ride on a bicycle
if the bike is not made for multiple riders.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of
personal injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively represent clients
who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly throughout
the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Newburgh where
we have offices.
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successful results. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to
contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878), or by using the convenient