Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer for many families. However, the long weekend is not just a time for fun. Car accidents increase during the holiday weekend. According to statistics released by the National Safety Council, on average, between 300 and 400 crash deaths occur on Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend is associated with having the most traffic deaths out of all the holiday weekends. However, drivers can take some precautionary measures to avoid getting into minor or serious crashes.
Never Drive While Intoxicated
In Pennsylvania, a drunk driving (DUI) conviction is a serious crime. Drivers convicted of DUIs can face fines, jail time, and license suspension. The easiest way to avoid being charged with a DUI is to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking any amount of alcoholic beverages or taking mind-altering substances, including some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
Drivers who know they will be drinking at a Memorial Day picnic or other event should arrange for alternative transportation methods, such as using a third-party rideshare taxi, being driven by a sober friend, or relying upon public transportation. Arranging for a ride ahead of time removes the chance of drunk driving.
Avoid Driving While Distracted
Cellphones, children, and even the navigational device can take a driver’s eyes off the road. Even looking somewhere else for a few seconds can cause a driver to hit another vehicle, slam into a stationary object, or veer out of the lane of travel. All driver distractions should be kept to a minimum or avoided completely. Even taking a drink from a coffee cup or bottled water can be distracting, especially if the liquid spills. During Memorial Day weekend, motorists should make extra efforts to concentrate on safe driving.
Get Enough Sleep
Memorial Day activities happen morning, noon, and night, leading to jam-packed social calendars and fatigue. Driving around while fatigued can leave motorists at a disadvantage. Drivers who have not gotten proper rest may risk running red lights or make other errors. Consequently, drivers may want to prioritize which events they attend so they can get enough recuperative sleep every night.
Maintain the Vehicle
Drivers who realize they will be doing a lot of traveling during the Memorial Day weekend should get their vehicles checked on in advance. Maintenance could include topping off fluids, changing the oil if needed, rotating or at least evaluating the tires, and making sure all the car’s parts are running smoothly.
Paying attention to vehicle maintenance is particularly important for motorists who will be driving across the state or to a different state. Long rides are best taken in a car that has recently visited the auto mechanic shop.
Watch the Weather
Late spring and early summer weather can change quickly. A sunny morning can turn into a thunderstorm-filled afternoon. Many Memorial Day weekends have been dotted with unexpected cloudbursts. Staying on top of the radar makes sense for drivers and their passengers. Driving in torrential showers can be difficult and dangerous, even on well-known roads. Drivers who stay on top of forecasts have less of a chance of being caught off-guard.
What if an Accident Happens During Memorial Day Weekend?
Even the most prepared driver can get into a car accident. If an accident leads to serious injuries and mounting medical bills, one should speak to a lawyer for recommendations. A lawyer will work with the victim and help them get a better perspective on how to proceed with claims, settlements, or a lawsuit.
Delaware County Personal Injury Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Provide Counsel to Drivers Hurt in Memorial Day Weekend Accidents
Car accidents increase on Memorial Day weekend, and motorists should be extra cautious during this time. If you are hurt during the holiday weekend, a Delaware County personal injury lawyer at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. can help you on how to proceed. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online for a free consultation. We are located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients throughout Chester County, Montgomery County, and Delaware County.