Can you believe Labor Day Weekend is practically here? Neither can we. It’s a sign that the summer is coming to an end, and one more chance to get together with family and friends for an extended weekend of fun.
The holiday weekend means plenty of traveling, but things can easily become hectic on the roadways. That is because there will be heavy traffic, and there is practically no way to avoid it. With congested roadways, the chance for accidents and injuries exist.
Labor Day Fatalities
The National Safety Council is predicting that 398 people may die this holiday weekend. That’s because driving has the highest fatality rate of any form of transportation in the country. Aside from fatalities, an estimated 45,300 nonfatal injuries are predicted to occur. One of the main reasons for the high number of fatalities and injuries is alcohol consumption; 36% percent of Labor Day accident fatalities are related to alcohol.
Tips to Avoid an Accident
If you plan on getting behind the wheel for the upcoming holiday weekend, there are a few tips to keep in mind to keep you and your loved ones safe:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Wear a seat belt
- Don’t try to rush to your destination
- Plan your trip
- Don’t engage in distracted driving
These are all things you can do to help prevent an accident. However, even the most careful drivers can’t avoid another driver’s negligent actions. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, the Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton auto accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli will be able to help you.
In the meantime, let’s focus on two of the tips above–drinking and driving and distracted driving.
Drinking and Driving on Labor Day Weekend
You will need a designated driver if you plan on drinking a few adult beverages during your weekend filled with Labor Day celebrations. That doesn’t mean the person who is least drunk should drive. Your designated driver needs to be sober; otherwise, the consequences could be deadly. If you don’t have a designated driver, consider calling an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or a friend.
If you want more information, watch this edition of “The Law & You” explaining drinking and driving over Labor Day weekend.
Distracted Driving on Labor Day Weekend
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in the United States. It actually accounts for at least 25% of all motor vehicle crashes. With more cars taking to the roads this holiday weekend, the chance an accident happens because of distracted driving increases dramatically. You should put the phone down in heavily congested areas. It only takes one text message to ruin your life.
Aside from using your phone, other types of distracted driving can include eating or drinking, talking to your passengers, gawking at an accident, or even turning up your vehicle’s A/C.
Contact Fellerman & Ciarimboli Today!
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being in a motor vehicle accident this Labor Day weekend, you are going to need legal representation you can trust. At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, results matter. We know what needs to be done to get you justice. Contact our law firm today so one of our experienced Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton auto accident lawyers can begin helping you seek peace of mind.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.