According to CBS News reports and various other sources, Memorial Day weekend is the deadliest holiday for car accidents, followed by Labor Day and July 4. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a yearly 312-fatality average on Memorial Day weekend over 2011-2015. This number does not even include the number of people who suffer injuries from car wrecks over the holiday period.
What makes Memorial Day such a deadly holiday? Many cite drunk driving and texting while driving as the main culprits, but the main contributing factor is simple: There are more drivers on the road on holiday weekends, which increases the risk of a crash.
While there is nothing you can do about more cars being on the roads for Memorial Day weekend, you can still make good choices when it comes to your own driving. Our Citrus County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want you to be safe out there, which is why we have compiled a few tips to help get you where you need to be safely:
- Distracted driving can be just as dangerous if not more than impaired driving, so put your phone down when behind the wheel.
- Since we brought it up before, always refrain from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Follow the speed limit. Speeding causes more wrecks than we care to admit, but texting while driving and DUIs tend to steal the spotlight.