Enjoy a Safe Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Many people take advantage of the long weekend to take a final summer trip. Even if you stay in town, it is hard not to notice the increased traffic.
Over Labor Day weekend, you can reduce the risk of getting into a motor vehicle collision by considering the following safety tips:
Do Not Drive Under the Influence
One of the most prevalent issues during holiday weekends is drunk driving. According to the NHTSA, drunk driving
statistics soared for Labor Day holiday weekend in 2017:
- 376 people died in car accidents.
- 256 of those who passed away were drivers.
- 37 percent of drivers who died in car crashes were under the influence of alcohol.
- 45 percent of drivers, ages 21 to 34, who died in car crashes were intoxicated.
- 79 percent of fatalities involving drunk driving occurred at night.
The National Safety Council estimates that in 2019, there will be 398 fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The most important tip to avoid becoming a statistic is to avoid getting behind the wheel intoxicated. You should also be conscious of other motorists driving drunk.
Do Not Drive Distracted
Distracted driving continues to be a leading factor in causing traffic accidents nationwide. During the holiday weekend, distractions can get even worse. You will most likely have more people in your car, you will receive more phone calls and texts, and it is more likely that you will need to use your GPS system to get to your fun destination. It is important that you don’t let any of these things distract your full attention from the road. Taking your eyes away from the road for even a second can result in a terrible crash.
Do Not Speed
More traffic on the road means more congestion and traffic jams around town. Driving faster than the road conditions allow can decrease your time to react to stopped traffic and other driving conditions. Also driving at higher speeds increases your risk of deadly and catastrophic injuries if you are involved in a collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to compensation. As a family member of a loved one who died in an accident, you may also be entitled to compensation. To ensure you get the full money damages you deserve, you need to consult with and hire a Los Angeles accident attorney.