On any given day, there is a possibility of car crashes due to a number
of reasons. However, there are some times when the potential risks are
increased, especially on certain holidays for which barbecues, get-togethers,
and parties become more common. With us being just a few weeks from Labor
Day, it is important to know that there has been past holiday weekends
during which accidents have increased, making it much more dangerous.
According to the National Safety Council, between 2008 and 2013, there was an average of 389 annual traffic fatalities
during the Labor Day period. Out of the total average of 3,122 for the
entire month of September annually, this is 12.5% of the traffic fatalities
on one weekend. This is an alarming number, making Labor Day weekend one
of the most dangerous and deadly weekends for drivers, but it is even
more concerning to know that many of these are preventable collisions.
What causes these crashes, though? What is the change during Labor Day
weekend that makes it more dangerous for drivers to get behind the wheel
of a car? There are numerous potential causes of these types of collisions,
but there are some factors that could lead to more crashes than normal.
- Drunk driving: Labor Day often means barbecues and parties, which also
increases the consumption of alcohol. Unfortunately, some individuals
may decide to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive drunk, potentially
resulting in a serious collision.
- Distracted driving: Because many people will be traveling in groups during
labor day, the potential for distracted driving is present. There are
multiple people in the vehicle and even simple conversation may be enough
to distract a driver.
- Fatigued driving: With get-togethers and parties being a common scene on
Labor Day weekend, the potential for drivers traveling at late hours is
high. It can mean tired drivers who do not have a full focus on the road,
increasing the chances for a crash.
If you are traveling on Labor Day weekend, it is important that you stay
safe as much as possible. In order to do so, you should make sure you
take a few precautions before taking to the road. First, you want to avoid
traveling at late hours if possible. This is when people may be leaving
parties and driving either tired or intoxicated. Traveling early also
increases your visibility and focus, so you can be more aware of your
surroundings and help avoid a crash.
While you cannot completely predict when a crash will happen or prevent
it, there are ways that you can try. If you are harmed by someone else’s
negligence, you should know you have rights and our
Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker P.C. can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Call us today to discuss your potential case if you’ve been hurt in a car crash.