Memorial Day is quickly approaching. Many people plan to celebrate the holiday by traveling to be with friends and family. However, Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road.
Last year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) reported that Memorial Day travel experienced the third consecutive year of growth with 2.7 percent more travelers than the year before. In 2016, 34.6 million Americans drove to their Memorial Day destinations, up 2.4 percent from the previous year. The number of fatal car accidents this year is expected to be the highest since 2012.
According to estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC), over 400 people may be fatally injured, and 47,000 people may be seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents this Memorial Day weekend. These estimates are 12 percent higher than the average number of fatalities that occurred in the past six years. The NSC reports that there is an overall upward trend in holiday injuries and fatalities.
To reduce your risk of a crash, the NSC suggests that you:
The following are more safety recommendations from the American Red Cross (ACR):
Finally, the following are additional safe driving tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
Whatever your plans are for the Memorial Day weekend, it is important to remember that safety comes first. However, even the safest and most cautious drivers can get in an accident due to another driver’s negligence. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact the experienced Cherry Hill car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar LLC. From our offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we represent clients nationwide. Contact us online or call us at 215-557-0099 for a free confidential consultation.