According to an article on Fox 13’s website, a new transit service will link St. George to Springdale near Zion National Park. This plan is one step closer to becoming a reality. This month, the Utah Department of Transportation Commission approved a $15 million commitment for the new service. So far, the UDOT Commission approved the funds for an investigation of the transit service. The overall goal of the service would be to help western Washington County in joining tourist and recreation locations across the state of Utah.
During the months from February to November, Zion National Park and other tourist destinations close by are heavily visited. Holidays and weekends can be especially busy. According to the National Park Website, it is not uncommon for Zion to see hundreds of people hiking Angels Landing or The Narrows. The heavy traffic resulting from the many people can create a driving challenge. The park has limited space. Often visitors are encouraged to park in the neighboring town of Springdale, then take a shuttle into the park.
Unfortunately, there is a correlation between increased traffic and increased car accidents. According to an article in the Extra Mile an accident is more likely to occur when there are more people on the roads. So what are you supposed to do if you on on one of these scenic routes to Zion National Park or another tourist location and you are involved in an accident?
If you are traveling and are involved in an accident in Utah, this accident will likely be treated like a car accident that happened closer to your home. The only difference will probably be in the inconvenience of being away from home. For example, if you are involved in an accident near your home, you will likely know local tow companies or body shops who can help with your car. If you are far away from your home, you will have to research this information. If you are seriously injured, this can be even more worrisome.
Simply remember, if you are in an accident while travelling, follow the same steps that you would in a normal accident:
- Contact Police or Medical Professional. This is one of the most important things to do. If you have been seriously injured, call 9-1-1. If you are unable to do so, call for help and hopefully someone saw the accident.
- Exchange Information. If the accident does not require immediate medical attention, exchange your insurance and driver information.
- Take pictures of both the damage and your surroundings. Taking pictures of the property damage done to your car can help in the future when you are going through the claims process and especially if you decide to hire an attorney. When you are in an accident in an unfamiliar area, taking pictures of the surrounding area is especially important.
There are a variety of things you will need to do following an accident. These are just some of the most important steps to take, especially if you are on vacation or in an area that is not normally part of your commute. As always, if you have specific questions regarding your accident, give us a call. We are always happy to answer your questions.