Dangerous Driving on Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on: May 21st, 2014 by Bain & Rodzik

Three-day holiday weekends are frequently circled on work calendars well in advance because they offer workers a chance to unwind and enjoy themselves without worrying about Monday coming too soon. But, every time a three-day weekend occurs, the number of automobile accidents skyrockets. With the Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, our auto accident attorney in Shallotte NC wants to remind drivers to be extra careful on the roadways, to drink responsibly, and to employ a designated driver if you intend to drink alcohol.

Why is Memorial Day Weekend So Dangerous for Drivers?

The Memorial Day weekend accounts for the third-highest number of accidents over any three-day period in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 397 fatal auto accidents over the three-day weekend in 2010 (the most recent data available). Of these fatalities, 40% involved alcohol. In 2010, Memorial Day accounted for more fatal accidents than the Fourth of July, Christmas, and New Year’s. Only Thanksgiving and Labor Day had more.

Memorial Day weekend is particularly dangerous for drivers because this weekend is the unofficial start of summer. This means more people are having parties and alcohol is used more frequently. This leads to an increase in car accidents because people attempt to drive irresponsibly when they are impaired.

5 Rules for Staying Safe When Traveling This Memorial Day Weekend

  1. Refrain from cell phone use when behind the wheel
  2. Allow plenty of time for traveling to and from destinations to reduce the desire to drive fast
  3. Refrain from alcohol consumption or designate a non-drinking driver
  4. Drive defensively and with caution, especially in wet weather
  5. Don’t drive when drowsy. Get plenty of rest before driving

Contact Bain & Rodzik if You are Involved in an Accident Over the Memorial Day Weekend

If you are involved in an auto accident over the Memorial Day weekend, call Bain & Rodzik’s auto accident attorney in Shallotte NC as soon as you can. If your accident was caused by another’s negligence, then you may be entitled to damages.

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with one of Bain & Rodzik’s experienced accident attorneys, please call us at 910-762-1199 or visit our website at bainandrodzik.com.

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