According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 45% of all traffic fatalities on Labor Day weekend are caused by drunk driving. In fact, drivers are 3 times more likely to be involved in a fatal traffic collision during Labor Day weekend than at any other time of year. Furthermore, the National Safety Council (NSC) has estimated that more than 400 deaths and 49,000 injuries occur on Labor Day weekend due to traffic accidents. Our firm wants you to be informed of simple ways you can increase your safety on the road this Labor Day weekend.
In order to help avoid an accident, you need to:
- Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Distractions are dangerous because they take your attention off the road. Holding a sandwich, reaching into the backseat, arguing with a passenger, fiddling with GPS or radio controls, and texting are common examples of distracted driving. As a driver, you owe a duty of care to others on the road. This means you must drive in a reasonably safe manner and obey all federal and state traffic laws. Staying alert and avoiding distractions can help you prevent an accident, particularly during Labor Day weekend.
- Drive defensively. Defensive driving involves going a safe and legal speed, using turn signals when changing lanes or turning in intersections, and keeping plenty of distance between your car and the car in front of you. It is also important to use your headlights after dark or in inclement weather, and to go 5-10 miles per hour under the speed limit when it is raining. Always look both directions when going through an intersection, and anticipate the actions of other drivers. By driving defensively and staying alert, you can increase your safety on the road.
- Obey all federal and state traffic laws. It is important to make a complete stop at all stop signs and red lights, and to use your turn signals properly. You should also avoid reckless driving behaviors, such as tailgating, speeding, weaving across lanes of traffic, passing on the right, and running red lights or stop signs. By obeying all federal and state traffic laws, you can do your part to help make the roads a safer place.
Steps to Take If You’ve Been in an Accident
If you have been involved in a traffic accident, you should check on the safety of your passengers and call 911. You also need to seek immediate medical attention if you are injured. However, even if you feel uninjured, you should make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, and soft tissue trauma, may not show symptoms for days after the accident. By seeing a doctor, you can receive treatment for underlying injuries and use your medical records to support your personal injury claim. In addition, you need to get the contact information of witnesses, request a copy of the police report, and take pictures of all vehicle damage.
If you have been injured in a traffic accident, call Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. today at (601) 869-0696 or complete our online contact form. Our Mississippi car accident attorneys have more than 3 decades of experience, and will guide you through the legal process.