Warning: Labor Day Weekend Could Be Deadly for Drivers
Labor Day weekend travelers, be forewarned: The roads could be deadly this year.
The National Safety Council recently issued its highest fatality estimate since 2008 for the upcoming holiday weekend—predicting that 438 people will be killed in traffic accidents.
The prediction was based in part on statistics from the first six months of 2016, which show a 9 percent increase over 2015 and an 18 percent increase over 2014 in the number of people who died in traffic accidents.
Here is what the first six months of 2016 yielded:
- 19,100 people killed in car accidents
- 2.2 million people that were seriously injured in car accidents
- Injuries and damages that cost $205 million
Experts have called it a shocking trend, and one that doesn't show signs slowing down. Lower gas prices coupled with decreased unemployment numbers have driven more people to travel more miles.
The car accident injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates know all too well the aftermath of these types of serious crashes—and this trend is disturbing to us.
We've been representing injured people for more than 30 years, and it never gets easier seeing someone's life turned upside down because of a careless driver. Many car accidents are preventable.
That's why we wanted to pass along some safety tips for those of you who may be headed out to weekend plans like a family barbecue, camping trip, or motorcycle ride.
We have to demand more from ourselves as motorists, and do our part to keep the roads safe for all travelers.
To accomplish that, we first have to follow these safe-driving basics:
- Buckle up. Every time (and make sure your passengers do, too)
- Don't drink and drive. Make sure you have a designated driver or another way to make it from point A to point B (Uber, anybody?)
- Keep those hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Distracted driving—texting, eating, applying makeup, etc.—is a no-no.
- Harness the power of your car's safety features. Newer-model cars have all kinds of cool safety features. In addition to cruise control, there are back-up cameras, blind-spot detection systems and even monitoring apps for those with teenage drivers in their households. Use them!
Everyone here at Edgar Snyder & Associates wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. We hope you will keep these tips in mind, but we also realize that despite even the best planning, serious accidents still happen.
If you need us this holiday weekend, please know that we are available for you 24-7. If you or someone you love is a victim of a Labor Day car accident, let us help. Call us for a free case review.