Fourth of July: Deadly Weekend for Drivers
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jul 02, 2015 in Auto Accidents
Officials say our upcoming holiday weekend may be the deadliest one in years for drivers.
Why this expected increase in fatalities? This year, Independence Day falls on a weekend, and officials say that contributes to a higher level of traffic, partying and car accidents.
"Drivers always need to be vigilant, but this weekend, focus on the safety of your family," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC).
The NSC estimates we could see more than 400 deaths and nearly 50,000 injuries this weekend alone. Not only are those staggering figures higher than expected tragedies on New Years Eve, this is the deadliest prediction the council has released since 2008.
Be a Smart Driver
Stay vigilant and keep your loved ones from becoming a statistic. Experts encourage drivers and passengers to follow these guidelines:
- Leave ahead of time
- Reduce your speed
- Avoid distracted driving
- Make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt
If you choose to travel this weekend, expect some delays. Bumper-to-bumper traffic frustrates many drivers. This can lead people to drive aggressively. If you anticipate delays, you will be less frustrated when you drive.
Other related factors that lead to car wrecks include fatigue and drunk driving. Four out of 10 fatal accidents that occur during the Fourth of July are linked to alcohol. To stay safe, drink in moderation and designate a sober driver.
I Was In An Accident. Now What?
No matter how careful you are when you are on the road, you cant stop another driver from being irresponsible. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, contact our experienced car accident lawyers. The Arnold Law Firm is committed to holding reckless drivers responsible for their negligent actions.