The 4th of July holiday has long been the most popular time for summer travel, and, despite the highest gas prices in recent history, highways will be even busier this year. In fact, AAA predicts nearly 49 million people will be taking road trips this weekend, which the organization defines as driving 50 miles or more. Surprisingly, the number of people traveling by car, RV and other passenger vehicles is higher than last year, when 46.2 million people took to the highway during the 4th of July weekend. AAA defines road travel as any destination at least 50 miles from home.
In contrast, the number of airline travelers is the lowest it has been in the last decade.
Unfortunately, more vehicles on the road often leads to an increase in accidents. Here’s a guide to help make your trip safer and more enjoyable.
While Michigan has no shortage of scenic vacation spots, many people travel to out of state destinations during the holiday weekend. The good news is that Michigan No-Fault covers insured drivers and vehicles in accidents throughout the United States and territories.
However, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) medical coverage is subject to the limits of the policy selected by the vehicle owner. This applies whether a Michigan driver is injured in an accident with another Michigan driver or one from another state.
With 48 million people taking road trips this weekend, it is likely that many motorists from other states will be visiting Michigan.
As of June 11, 2019, when certain No-Fault reforms took effect, non-Michigan residents who are injured in Michigan are not eligible for PIP (Personal Injury Protection) benefits, unless their vehicle is both registered and insured in Michigan.
Otherwise, out-of-state drivers who are injured in a Michigan accident must seek coverage of their medical bills through their own auto insurance policy or health care plan. For this reason, a Michigan driver who causes an accident with an out-of-state motorist may be held liable for damages if the injured party files a lawsuit.
Therefore, Michigan drivers should purchase as much liability insurance as they can afford to avoid these types of costly consequences.
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While some accidents are unavoidable, many can be prevented by refraining from certain risky behaviors on the road.
Here are three of the most dangerous practices that drivers should avoid at all costs:
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Make sure your vehicle is ready for the road by taking the following steps:
These simple practices can help prevent accidents and ensure a safer trip:
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