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Stay Safe on the Road This Memorial Day

Millions hit the road each Memorial Day weekend to vacation, attend barbeques, or visit family and friends. More holiday roadway travelers combined with an increase in events that include alcohol consumption has been shown to ultimately lead to higher rates of potentially fatal or catastrophic traffic incidents.

A holiday that begins as a celebration to honor those who gave their lives for our country, can quickly turn tragic as negligent drivers pose a threat to others on the road. According to the National Safety Council, road travel-related deaths during Memorial Day weekend continue to rise, with a recorded rate of nearly 500 fatalities nationwide in 2023.

Following roadway laws and practicing responsible driving is paramount during busy holiday weekends. Should you or a loved one find yourself in a car accident during Memorial Day weekend, it is crucial to promptly contact a San Francisco car accident attorney to assess your circumstances and develop your case.

Examples of Negligent Driving

In 2021, 40% of nationwide fatal accidents on Memorial Day involved an alcohol-impaired driver, well over the annual average of 31%. While driving under the influence is one of the leading causes of auto accidents on Memorial Day, there are numerous examples of roadway negligence that can cause incidents including:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to comply with traffic laws
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Reckless driving

Tips to Celebrate Memorial Day Safely

As you and your friends and family make travel plans this Memorial Day weekend, here are some tips to follow to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for everyone:

  • Assign a designated driver that will get you home safely if you plan to drink.
  • Be aware of speed limits and changes as you travel.
  • Avoid distracted driving including texting, eating, phone calls, etc.
  • Leave three seconds of space when following behind other vehicles.
  • Make frequent stops and use multiple drivers if necessary.
  • Prevent friends and family from driving intoxicated.
  • Report any drunk drivers on the road (make sure you pull over safely before calling 911).

Work With an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one are injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of another driver this Memorial Day, hiring a lawyer who understands the complexities of cases involving drunk or distracted drivers may be a key element of your claim.

With decades of experience, Bostwick & Peterson has access to the resources and experts necessary to fully investigate accident cases. We will meticulously evaluate and document the details of your case to help you understand all of your legal choices. We hold both state and national records for verdicts and settlements with over $1 billion awarded to our clients.

Contact our team today for a complimentary consultation to aid in your journey to recovery.