Staying Safe on the Road During Labor Day
Holiday weekends, especially in warmer weather, tend to correlate with an increase in serious car accidents. Last summer, the National Safety Council (NSC) predicted that there would be nearly 400 traffic fatalities and more than 42,000 injuries over Labor Day weekend. Many car crash injuries and fatalities can be avoided by taking the necessary precautions on the road, including the following:
- Don’t drive distracted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 9 million people are killed and more than 1,060 are injured every year in accidents involving a distracted driver. Cell phones, whether being used for texting or making a phone call, are one of the most common distractions. If you need to use your phone while traveling, be sure to pull over first.
- Know your route before you leave. When planning your activities for Labor Day weekend, take road construction, detours and related factors into account. Before you leave town, visit your state’s department of transportation website to find up-to-date information that may affect your planned route.
- Get on the road early. Giving yourself enough time to avoid busy highway and road traffic can help you stay relaxed while driving. Impatient drivers are more likely to get into accidents during traffic jams.
- Buckle up or wear a helmet. Since there are more drivers on the road during Labor Day weekend, it’s especially important to take extra safety precautions. If you are driving, don’t start your car until everyone is buckled up. If you are riding a bike, make sure you are wearing a properly fitted helmet.
Whatever the time of year, accidents caused by negligent drivers can lead to serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been recently injured as the result of another person’s carelessness, contact a personal injury attorney.