Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 25. For most, the holiday signals a three-day weekend which marks the unofficial beginning of summer vacation, and a time to pay respect to service members and our departed loves ones. It also means that there will likely be time spent traveling to memorials, barbeques and family reunions.
According to statistics maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Memorial Day weekend is one of six dates per year in which the number of total automobile occupant fatalities is the highest. With more cars filled with families traveling over the holiday weekend, it’s more important than ever to drive safely.
The personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham offer the following travel safety tips to help ensure you and your family arrive safely at your holiday activities.
- Remain well rested and alert. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest. Driving while drowsy is often just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
- Pay attention. Avoid distractions such as texting or talking on the phone. Observe speed limits and traffic signs in unfamiliar areas. Keep the gas tank full, especially if driving in unfamiliar areas.
- Drive safe. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches or in bad weather. Everyone should always wear seat belts, including any sleeping passengers. And if you have car trouble, pull as far off the road as possible.
- Don’t drink and drive. If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. Also be aware of the behaviors of other drivers on the road who may be intoxicated.
Hupy and Abraham hopes that you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. But, if for any reason, you or a loved one are injured in a Memorial Day accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact us today. Call 800-800-5678 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.