Across the country, Labor Day weekend signifies the unofficial end of summer as vacationers look to have one more party before the fall season. Unfortunately, this increase in drivers on the road causes an increase in car accidents. If you decide to drive this weekend, there are some statistics you should be aware of.
The Insurance Information Institute (III) has kept record of car accidents across the county over the past several years. Specifically, the III notes that there was an average of 393 car accidents every Labor Day weekend between 2008 and 2012. Equally staggering is the fact that the III reports that nearly 40% of these accidents involve alcohol-impaired drivers.
In 2012, Labor Day weekend yielded the second-highest number of car crashes, coming in behind Thanksgiving weekend. In that same year, the month of September was ranked 4th in car accident deaths. There is a very clear correlation between the increase in drivers on the road with the increase in car crashes.
The best defense to a car crash is to drive defensively and not drive distracted. Numerous studies clearly show that distracted drivers cause significantly more accidents than non-distracted drivers. Studies further show that drivers are using social media apps as they drive, causing further distraction.
The Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid hope you have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!