Risks of Car Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere Skyrocket through Memorial Day

Risks of Car Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere Skyrocket through Memorial Day

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, hundreds will be involved in car accidents in St. Louis and elsewhere.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), about 420 people are expected to die in accidents over the holiday weekend. Officials are predicting another 42,000 auto accident injuries over the three-day weekend. These kinds of accidents can be prevented if drivers prepare themselves for the dangers of the holiday weekend and make the proper changes in their habits behind the wheel.

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The weekend runs from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25th through 11:59 p.m. of Monday, May 28th. Every year, this holiday weekend sees a near 12 percent increase in the number of car accident-related fatalities compared to other similar non-holiday time periods. The truth of the matter is that these accidents don’t have to happen. Motorists are urged to be cautious and safe during the traditional summer kick-off weekend.

Our St. Louis injury lawyers understand that the increase in this weekend’s risks for auto accidents has a large part to do with the increase in traffic. Typically, this weekend brings out millions of travelers nationwide. With more motorists on our roadways, accident risks increase. Luckily, there are ways to help to reduce your risks. Safety officials with the NSC say that it’s as simple as wearing a seat belt. Officials predict that nearly 150 people may survive the holiday weekend because of seat belt usage. Another 110 people lives could be saved if all motorists wore their seat belt. There are even more ways to help to keep you and your passengers safe over this dangerous weekend.

To help to push seat belt usage and to track down dangerous drivers over the holiday weekend and into the beginning of the summer travel season, law enforcement officers across the nation will be participating in the 2012 “Click It or Ticket” campaign. This event is organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and takes place from the 21st of May through the 3rd of June. During this time, officers will be practicing a zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws and other road laws across the country.

To help to keep motorists safe over the busy travel weekend, drivers are urged to practice the following safety tips, provided by the NSC:

-Put down the cell phones and text messaging devices while navigating a motor vehicle.

-Make sure that all of your passengers are wearing a seat belt.

-Keep child passengers under the age of 12-years-old in the back seat.

-Make sure that all child passengers are properly restrained in the correct car seat.

-Make sure you leave for your destination with plenty of time to spare. Rushing invokes speeding which causes dangerous driving conditions and high risks for accidents.

-Adjust your driving habits with the current weather and road conditions.

-Never drive while feeling drowsy or emotionally unstable.

-If your Memorial Day plans involve alcohol, make sure that you’ve designated a sober driver to get you home safely!

 

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