Labor Day and the Living Is Easy

by Terry Bryant

American Flag Labor Day

I’m sure you cannot forget that Monday is Labor Day.  However, it is easy to forget that Labor Day is also a time for increased traffic accidents and DWIs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 147 people were killed as a result of drunk driving during Labor Day weekend in 2010, which accounts for 36% of highway fatalities during that period.  Whether you’re traveling locally or long distance this holiday weekend, don’t let yourself fall victim to a distracted driver.

  • Tune-Up Before you Travel — Take the time to stop by your mechanic’s shop this week to avoid any maintenance-related delays on the road this weekend.  Stalling out in the middle of the interstate could lead to an avoidable collision.
  • Outthink Traffic — Leave earlier than you think you should to avoid peak travel times.  It might be worth your while to research alternate, less traveled routes, as well. This tip also helps to steer clear of drunk drivers in heavy traffic on popular roads.
  • Don’t overload — It may be tempting to designate a driver, then all pile into one car. Designating a driver is a step in the right direction, but don’t let the number of passengers in the vehicle exceed the number of seat belts available. It is also dangerous to have passengers who are riding in the trunk or truck bed, even if you’re just going around the corner.

If you or someone you know is involved in an automobile accident this Labor Day weekend, contact a board-certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.