Labor Day Weekend is an extremely dangerous time of year for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Only Memorial Day Weekend has more fatal car accidents each year. During the holiday weekend, there is an increase in long-distance travelers, traffic density and drunk driving. These factors increase the risk of car accident injuries and fatalities.
You can decrease the risk of an accident by doing the following:
Avoid Drinking and Driving
In 2019, there is no excuse to drink and drive. You have multiple ridesharing services and public transportation options at your disposal. Additionally, you could assign a designated driver. Drinking and driving causes thousands of deaths and injuries each year, but especially on holiday weekends.
Avoid Driving During Early or Late Hours
You are more likely to crash while driving late at night or early in the morning. Some people try to drive during these hours because there is less traffic. However, you have less visibility and are more likely to be tired. Both factors increase the risk of a crash.
Distracted driving is a nationwide epidemic that is responsible for thousands of car crashes each year. Texting, eating, grooming, changing songs or podcasts and talking to passengers increases the risk of a crash. You should have your attention focused on the road and your surroundings. Accident-causing hazards can appear in seconds.
Stay Awake and Calm
Traffic density increases on Labor Day weekend. As frustrating as other drivers can be, it is important not to give into road rage. You should also ensure that you are well-rested before departing for your destination. This is especially important if you know you will be driving long distances.
Be Careful Around Semi-Trucks
If you are driving long distances, then you are more likely to encounter semi-trucks. Be careful around these massive vehicles and give them plenty of room. Never drive behind a semi-truck or in its blind spots. Both actions increase the risk of an accident. You should also be careful of other cars driving in close proximity to semi-trucks because they may cause an accident.
Be Careful of Other Drivers
You are more likely to encounter drivers who are unfamiliar with the area during the Labor Day Weekend. These motorists may be distracted by GPS apps or dashboards. You are also more likely to encounter drunk drivers. Be cautious of other drivers. Do not be afraid to pull over somewhere safe to report drivers who appear under the influence of alcohol.
Wear a Seatbelt
Seatbelts save lives. If you are not wearing a seatbelt, then you are breaking the law and risking serious injuries or death. Without a seatbelt, you have nothing to help cushion the impact forces of a collision.
Make Sure Your Vehicle Is in Good Shape
If you are traveling during the Labor Day Weekend, then you should have your vehicle inspected before leaving. Make sure your tires, brakes and other gear are in good shape. You could increase your risk for a crash by driving a vehicle that has maintenance problems.
Contact an Attorney After a Wreck for a Free Consultation
You should seek medical attention and contact an attorney after a serious car accident. By taking these steps, you are creating a record of your injuries and giving yourself the best chance of obtaining an adequate settlement. An attorney can preserve evidence, negotiate with the insurance companies and work with medical and accident reconstruction experts.
The attorneys at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. have experience with car crash cases. You can learn more about our experience by exploring our website. To learn more about your possible options after a car accident, you should speak to an attorney at our firm during a free consultation. Call us at (856) 692-6500 or use the case review form on our website.