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.