Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays for Americans traveling by motor vehicle. As teens and adults all across the country seek to celebrate the final days of summer, too many choose to irresponsibly drive while intoxicated. As a result, a staggering number of fatal car accidents occur every year during this transition from summer to autumn.
This year, the National Safety Council predicts that roughly 400 Americans will be killed in auto accidents during the Labor Day weekend. For this and other reasons, it is important to pay extra attention while driving and avoid roads at peak drunk driving hours whenever possible.
If you are injured in an accident this weekend (or at any time for that matter) obtaining medical treatment should always be your first priority. If you do not require medical treatment, please call law enforcement and a personal injury attorney before leaving the scene. Leaving the scene before making these calls could result in the loss of valuable evidence.
In addition, if any electrical equipment or power lines have been impacted by the crash, please remain in your vehicle unless it is on fire. Call a utility company and explain your emergency situation before attempting to leave your vehicle. Failure to do so could result in preventable electrocution.
Labor Day weekend can be a fantastic time to enjoy the last rays of summer with loved ones or simply to take some necessary time for yourself. However you spend these few days, please remember to keep safety always in mind.
Source: Auto World News, “Labor Day Weekend 2013: 400 Traffic Fatalities Predicted by National Safety Council,” Matt Mercuro, Aug. 29, 2013