NSC Predicts 40,000 Vehicle-Related Injuries & Deaths This Labor Day Weekend
Very few things indicate that summertime is in full swing as well as neighborhood parties and backyard cookouts. The smell of freshly cut grass and Coppertone #8, the laughter of kids splashing in a kiddie pool, the sound of a lawnmower running over a flip flop.
Sadly, Labor Day has arrived on schedule and is eagerly signaling a gradual end to the warmer part of the year. As a result, many families are hoping for one final summer adventure. This holiday weekend is, for most people, a final chance to travel and enjoy their favorite summertime activities once more before the mercury in their patio thermometers starts working its way south for good.
While families are excitedly pouring over their AAA Trip Tiks, the furthest things from anyone’s mind are the potential risks that come along with simply driving their own car down the road. As a grave reminder, the National Safety Council has spruced up Labor Day with a bit of foreshadowing by predicting the injury, impairment, or death of 40,000 people by way of auto accidents this weekend.
Given that traveling by car has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation, how can you and your family get where you want to go and still stay safe for what’s left of the summer? Listed below are a few ideas on how to increase your odds of returning home unscathed once Labor Day weekend has passed.
Avoid Peak Driving Days and Times
Most people are eager to get a jump on Labor Day weekend by getting on the highway immediately after work. This makes the time between late afternoon to early evening a busy and dangerous one on the roadways. It is widely regarded as a good idea for you to leave as early as you can, preferably between the hours of 5 and 7 a.m. on Friday or Saturday morning. Where the return trip is concerned, your best shot at sidestepping complete and utter gridlock is to leave before noon on Monday, before the afternoon rush hour has a chance to collect. If at all possible, do your traveling on the Thursday prior to Labor Day weekend and the Tuesday immediately following.
Let Your Passenger Handle the Navigation Apps
Apps such as Google Maps and Waze are beneficial when you are trying to stay apprised of real-time traffic incidents, and when you are mapping out your road trip for estimated arrival times. Designate a passenger to be your navigator. It is their job to monitor the apps while you drive so that you can stay focused on the road instead of a screen. A navigator will also be able to help you find an alternative route in case you come upon an accident or unexpected traffic.
Try to Limit Nighttime Driving
NSC asserts that 79% of the 2017 Labor Day weekend fatalities took place during the nighttime, so you may do well to consider abstaining from driving at all from sundown to sunup. Night driving is much more strenuous than motoring about during the day, particularly for elderly drivers. If you absolutely must go out at night, consider using a reliable alternative like Uber, a cab, or even public transport if it’s available.
Always Wear Your Seat Belt
Whether or not you’re behind the wheel of the car or in the passenger’s seat, you should always buckle your seat belt when you are going to be riding in any vehicle. Seat belts save lives and they also lessen the intensity of any injuries you might receive if you do wind up being involved in an accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident for which they were not liable, then the legal team at Will Ferguson & Associates is here to help you. Our personal injury attorneys have the necessary experience and persistence to get you the maximum amount of financial compensation to which the law says you are entitled. If you would like a free consultation with one of our diligent personal injury attorneys concerning a personal injury lawsuit that you feel you may have, then please give our offices a call at (505) 243-5566 and schedule your appointment with us today.