Considered the unofficial end of the summer season, Labor Day weekend is often celebrated by Americans consuming alcohol or embarking on family road trips. Unfortunately, this weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to hit the road, according to the NSC.
In fact, motorists are more than three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car accident over the three-day weekend. Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that 45 percent of all traffic fatalities on Labor Day weekend involved an intoxicated driver. Other factors that contribute to car accidents on Labor Day weekend include traffic jams, distracted driving, fatigued driving, and driving through unfamiliar terrain.
If you are planning on driving this weekend, the following safety tips can help ensure you have an accident- and injury-free Labor Day:
- If you drink, don’t drive – As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, drunk driving is one of the main causes of car accidents on LDW. To avoid getting involved in a crash or a DWI, have a designated driver drive you home after a night out drinking. If you don’t have a DD, request a ride from Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.
- Avoid driving late at night – Most drunk driving accidents occur between midnight and 3 a.m. Whether or not you consumed alcohol, stay off the road during that time period.
- Plan your route – If you are heading off on a road trip, familiarize yourself with the route to your destination. One of the most common causes of collisions is traveling on unfamiliar roads. The more prepared you are, the less likely you will have to rely on your map or GPS for guidance, giving your full attention to the primary task of driving.
- Service your vehicle – There is nothing worse than experiencing a car malfunction on your road trip. Make sure your oil gets changed, your tires are in good condition, and other maintenance checks are made. Knowing that your car is in great shape can provide ample peace of mind.
- Avoid distractions – Distracted driving has become one of the main causes of car crashes in the United States. Ensure that your vehicle is a distraction-free zone by putting away your cell phone, play music at a low volume, and ensure the children are preoccupied.
- Avoid rushing to your destination – Wanting to get a head start on your vacation is understandable; however, since heavy traffic often occurs during Labor Day weekend, you must avoid doing anything reckless to jeopardize your safety and the safety of your passengers. Always obey the rules of the road and be patient.
If you suffered an injury caused by a drunk or negligent motorist this Labor Day weekend in Texas, our Austin personal injury attorney at Stewart Law Firm, PLLC can help you recover your entitled compensation. For more information, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.