Labor Day is celebration that occurs at the end of summer before children are either headed back to school or have just started a new school year. People all over the country celebrate by taking to the road to visit friends or attend parties that may involve alcohol, and then get on the road without thought to travel home.
The National Safety Council (NSC) projects that between 365 and 481 people in the U.S. be injured or worse over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day has been reported as being the second most deadly driving holiday. Approximately 36 percent of all Labor Day fatalities involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
The NSC estimates the number of nonfatal, medically consulted, injuries will be between 41,600 and 54,800. A medically consulted injury is defined exactly as it sounds: an injury for which a person consulted a medical professional. Consistent with injuries occurring during car crashes, some will be so severely injured their lives will never be the same.
Safe Driving Tips for the Holiday Weekend
There will be millions of people on the road. One estimate is that nearly 2 million Floridians will be traveling. Some driving tips include:
- Plan ahead. Be sure your vehicle is in good shape. This is particularly important if you plan on driving more than 50 miles.
- Allow extra time to get to your destination since so many people will be on the road.
- Do not start out on your trip when you are fatigued. Drowsy driving has been found to be almost as dangerous as drunk driving.
- Read medication labels and avoid mixing meds with alcohol.
- Avoid drunk driving. Always designate a driver if you are planning on drinking or plan to stay overnight after a night of drinking before you head home.
- Even if you are careful and avoid driving while intoxicated, many drivers will be on the road who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drive defensively.
- Make certain all passengers fasten their seat belts.
- Follow the speed limit.
- Avoid distracted driving. This means do not drive while talking or texting, adjusting the radio or taking your eyes off the road.
If you or anyone in your family has been injured during a car accident this Labor Day Weekend please contact Armando Personal Injury Law at (813) 538-1589 or fill out our confidential contact form.