Caution! You Don’t Need to Be a Memorial Day Accident Statistic!
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Fri May 2019
Here in New Jersey, Memorial Day represents more than remembering fallen war heroes. Despite the early date, it also starts the summer season. People take off in droves to head to the Jersey shore. If you’re headed out for some good times, please be careful. You don’t need to become an accident statistic.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), a great number of fatal accidents happen during the holiday weekend. Another source claims the stretch between Washington, D.C. and New York accounts for many catastrophic crashes.
No doubt the increase in traffic volume adds to the risk of safety on the highways. However, there are other concerns, as well. And, you need to do your best to avoid an automobile collision.
If the weekend weather turns out as predicted, it will be hot and sunny. Many picnics and holiday celebrations include massive amounts of alcohol.
Even if you’re smart enough not to drink and drive, the person in the car next to you may not be. Unfortunately, drunk driving contributes to many accidents during summer get-togethers.
If you notice a driver acting inappropriately behind the wheel, you need to exhibit caution. Allow them to get ahead of you as much as possible. Additionally, if you can make a hands-free call, contact the authorities to report your own observations.
By the same token, don’t chance getting into the car with anyone who appears too impaired to drive. You don’t want to take the rest of you or anyone else facing physical injuries or even death. Suggest ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft as a better alternative.
Accident Statistics Offer Great Insight
In the meantime, accident statistics offer some insight into why they are more prevalent during holiday celebrations. It’s not just drunk drivers or traffic volume that causes them to soar.
Distracted driving adds to the potential for automobile crashes. Ever notice a car driving entirely too slowly? As you pull up alongside the vehicle, you may see someone chatting away on their cellphone. Worse yet, the driver could be looking down at the screen and texting and driving.
All things considered, other drivers are unpredictable. You need to do your best to drive defensively. Keep your eyes on the road. Keep your speed under control. Pay attention to traffic signals and signs. Be aware of blind spots.
The prospect of the summer coming next month means something else as well. Pedestrian accidents also occur with more frequency when the weather breaks. Take extra care when crossing the street. Make sure you do so at crosswalks or at intersections with traffic controls whenever possible.
Despite your best efforts, you may still suffer injuries in an accident due to someone else’s negligence. With combined experience of over five decades, the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafajlo is here to help you with your accident claim. Contact us to schedule an appointment.