Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer vacation for many Florida families. As school gets out for the summer, it also marks the start of the “100 Deadliest Days for Teens.”
Statistically, teenagers are more likely to die in fatal car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It is also one of the deadliest weekends for traffic fatalities among drivers of all ages. According to a recent study, drivers and passengers are four times more likely to die in a traffic accident over Memorial Day weekend than over other weekends of the year. Memorial day weekend led all weekend traffic fatalities with an average of 312 fatalities between 2011 and 2015. Labor Day and Fourth of July were right behind it with 308 and 307 fatalities.
What Makes Memorial Day Weekend So Dangerous?
While July 4th day is the most dangerous day in the summer for car drivers, it seems that Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous weekend overall.
Over the last decade, Memorial Day weekend averaged an 11.5% increase in traffic fatalities compared to similar non-holiday weekends, according to statistics from the National Safety Council. Why? Drivers going to and from the beach, family vacations, picnics, boating excursions, and family barbecues may be intoxicated, tired, or driving distracted.
Additionally, there is often an increase of drivers on the roads during Memorial Day weekend. In fact, in 2017 AAA estimated that 39.3 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles over the Memorial Day weekend to celebrate, making the roads a lot more dangerous than at other times of the summer.
Reduce Your Risk this Memorial Day Weekend
Before you head out this Memorial Day weekend, it is important to know the risks you face on the road and what you can do to prevent an accident from occurring.
When out spending time with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend, it is important to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Before deciding to drink, be sure you have a sober driver available to take you home.
If you don’t have a trusted, sober family member or friend, use your ridesharing app to take an Uber or Lyft home. The cost of an Uber ride is minimal compared to the lifetime of pain and suffering you could face if you are involved in a drunk driving accident.
In addition to finding a sober driver, there are numerous other safety tips drivers can take in order to reduce the risk of getting into a serious and fatal car accident this Memorial Day:
- Never text and drive
- Put your cell phone away
- Don’t drive fatigued
- Try to avoid traffic congestion if possible
- Plan your route ahead of time
- Leave plenty of time to arrive at your destination
- Never tailgate
- Don’t drive aggressively or engage in road rage
- Follow all speed limits and traffic signals
Contact Our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident this Memorial Day weekend, you need an experienced and skilled Tampa car accident lawyer on your side from the very start.
At Armando Personal Injury Law, our Tampa car accident lawyers know that insurance companies don’t always play fair when giving injured accident victims compensation after a crash. That’s why we negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and help you obtain the money you need to recover.
Contact Armando Personal Injury Law at (813) 538-1589 or fill out our confidential contact form. We have offices in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Lakeland, Florida and we offer complete legal assistance every step of the way.