Missouri car accidents will occur every 9 minutes over the Memorial Day weekend

Missouri car accidents will occur every 9 minutes over the Memorial Day weekend

The summer driving season begins in earnest with Memorial Day weekend. And, while New Year’s Eve gets the attention, St. Louis car accidents frequently occur during the trio of summer holidays — Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Authorities report a Missouri traffic accident will seriously injure or kill someone every 9 minutes over the Memorial Day weekend.


Of the three, Memorial Day was the deadliest in 2008, according to the latest accident statistics available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ten motorists were killed in Missouri car accidents over the Memorial Day weekend. Thanksgiving and Christmas reported 12 fatalities each, tying for the state’s deadliest holiday for travel.

Nationwide, Thanksgiving has been the deadliest travel holiday and the biggest travel holiday of the year. A total of 439 motorists were killed over the 2008 Thanksgiving weekend.

Missouri drunk driving accidents are a primary cause for concern, particularly during holiday weekends. Alcohol-related traffic accidents cause about one-third of motorist deaths in Missouri each year — 364 of the 960 Missouri traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver in 2008.

The Houston Herald reports that the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be out in force through the holiday weekend. Officers will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), meaning all available officers will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists.

Troopers will be specifically assigned to 10-mile stretches of road on Interstates 35, 44, 55, and 70, as well as U.S. 60 and 61. Troopers responded to nine fatal accidentslast year. In all, a total of 511 people were injured in 1,268 Missouri car accidents over the 2009 Memorial Day weekend.

Fatal holiday traffic accidents in Missouri in 2008:

New Year’s: 6

Memorial Day: 10

Fourth of July: 7

Labor Day: 6

Thanksgiving: 12

Christmas: 12

Nationwide holiday traffic fatalities:

New Year’s: 141

Memorial Day: 370

Fourth of July: 437

Labor Day: 423

Thanksgiving: 439

Christmas: 364

If you have been involved in a car accident in the St. Louis area, contact Missouri injury lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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