Summer brings three major national holiday weekends – as well as a significantly increased risk for serious car accidents over those weekends. Reports indicate that more traffic fatalities occur over Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Fourth of July weekends than almost any other time of year across the United States. With Labor Day weekend coming up, it is important to understand the risks of crashes and serious injuries and to know what to do if an accident disrupts your holiday weekend this year.
The following are only some reasons why there is an increase in crashes over Labor Day weekend.
Many families pack up the car and take off on a road trip for what many consider to be the “last hurrah” of summer. After Labor Day, the focus for many households is likely on school and other obligations until the winter holidays present another distraction. Therefore, Labor Day is an optimal time for a quick road trip to visit family or friends, to camp, or to simply explore a new place. However, road trips also come with the risk of accidents due to the following:
- More traffic on the highways often means more crashes
- Drivers may be unfamiliar with the area and may make errors that cause collisions
- Some people may not adequately inspect or maintain their vehicles and a long trip can lead to malfunctions and loss of control
- Road trips with the family often bring many distractions in the car and distracted drivers can easily crash into your vehicle
No matter how safe you are on your road trip, you cannot control the actions of others and you still may be at risk of an accident with another negligent driver.
With an increase of people frequenting businesses for Labor Day sales, grocery stores to prepare for barbecues and parties, or simply going to restaurants and bars, businesses often need extra inventory for holiday weekends such as Labor Day. This means more trucks will be on the roads delivering those goods. More trucks mean the greater potential for a commercial truck accident.
In addition, many truck drivers want to hurry home to be able to celebrate as much of the holiday weekend as possible with their families and friends, so they want to complete deliveries and the drive home as fast as possible. This often means speeding trucks, as well as drivers who may push the envelope with long hours in violation of FMCSA regulations, which can result in more fatigued truck drivers who may crash.
Many people like to kick back and enjoy a holiday weekend with a couple cold ones – or more. The problem with the prevalence of alcohol at Labor Day celebrations is that too many people decide to try to drive after they have had too many drinks. Under Florida law, a driver is considered to be under the influence of alcohol if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.08 percent or if they show other signs that their driving ability is impaired. This only takes a couple of drinks and many people try to drive after having several.
Drunk drivers can cause serious and even deadly accidents in many different ways, including departing from their lanes, slow reaction times, driving the wrong way on a highway, and more. Anytime there is an increase in drunk driving, you are at a higher risk for a crash.
If you are injured because of a negligent truck driver, drunk driver, or any other type of driver, you should always seek the necessary medical attention immediately. Your next step should be to contact a highly experienced car accident attorney who understands your rights under Florida law. Our law firm can evaluate your situation, advise you of your rights and options, and help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries through the legal process.
Florida has complex laws regarding financial recovery after a car accident, so it is critical to have a law firm on your side with the necessary experience to obtain the maximum possible amount to cover your medical bills and other losses.
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