Labor Day is the unofficial last day of summer. Most people are going to try to squeeze in the last of their summer activities this weekend. Between weekend getaways, running around from sale to sale, or barbecues with friends and family, Labor Day weekend is sure to be a busy one for many people. But it is also a time when you should be aware that your risk of being a victim in a traffic accident could increase. There are many more people on the road than usual due to the holiday. Pitman & Petro, a Huntsville personal injury attorney suggests these following safety tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday.
Be Careful Out on the Roads
Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that there was an 18 percent increase of Labor Day traffic fatalities based on the averages recorded for the prior six years. But Alabamians are already at more risk than people who live in other states. According to a report from security company Safewise, Alabama has been ranked as the second deadliest state for driving. During 2016, there were 21.3 deaths per 100,000 people from car crashes. 6.6 deaths per 100,000 people from crashes involved an alcohol/drug impaired driver. Considering the national average is 11.6 deaths per 100,000 people in car crashes, even on a good day you are at risk for being in a car accident in Alabama.
With Labor Day, you can expect to see more people out on the roads than usual. And unfortunately, it has become common to expect an uptick in drunk driving during a holiday weekend. As a driver this holiday weekend, you need to do your part to make the roads safer by:
- Not driving distracted, including no texting or making calls without a hands-free device while you drive.
- Not driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Instead, get a ride from someone who is sober. Or call for an Uber or Lyft to make sure you get home safe.
- Wearing your seatbelt and making sure your children are restrained in seats that are appropriate for their age, height, and weight.
- Getting plenty of rest before the trip and taking breaks to prevent fatigue while driving.
- Keeping track of your teens’ driving habits. Make sure they are observing the rules of the road and not texting or under the influence while driving.
- Making sure your vehicle is in good shape before heading out on the road by checking your tires and brakes for any problems and ensuring your turn signals and lights are all properly working.
Injured? You Need a Huntsville Personal Injury Attorney on Your Side
Despite your best efforts to avoid being in an accident, you cannot control the actions of others on the road. But remember, you and your loved ones do have a right to compensation if you suffer injuries because of someone else’s negligence. But it is not a fight you should have to go through alone. Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law have the Huntsville personal injury attorney that is always ready to fight for your rights. We know accidents do not always happen during normal 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. office hours. Because of that we are ready to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Do not delay, call (256) 533-5000 to schedule your free consultation. There is no fee unless we win your case. Don’t delay. Our team is standing by to help you. So, contact us today!