What You Need to Know About Labor Day Car Accidents

Since 1894, the first Monday in September has been a national celebration of the contributions that workers have made to the well-being and prosperity of our country. Labor Day has become a holiday that is much looked forward to by individuals across the United States.

Many individuals look forward to their long holiday weekend, planning holiday-themed gatherings and traveling to visit friends and family. However, this time also marks a dangerous weekend for those on the road.

Labor Day Accident Statistics

During Labor Day weekends, the number of car accidents spikes, and so does the number of on-road injuries and fatalities. The National Safety Council reports that:

  • Around 400 people in the U.S. are killed in car crashes over the Labor Day weekend each year

  • The number of car accidents increases by an estimated 9% over Labor Day weekend

  • 36% of on-road fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver

Why exactly do accidents increase over Labor Day weekend? We’ve identified a few key variables in this equation:

  • More people on the road

  • Driving under the influence

  • Distracted driving

  • Night driving and driver fatigue

The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Labor Day weekend marks the last part of the notorious “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” This is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when car accidents increase amongst teen drivers.

Statistics show that teen crashes increase by 26% compared to other months of the year. AAA also reports that, over the past five years, nearly 3,500 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers during this time period.

Parents, make sure to teach your teens safe driving practices and offer ways for them to eliminate distractions while driving. You should set an example by following these safe driving practices as well.

Staying Safe on the Road

With all this in mind, there’s no doubt that drivers should take some extra precautions to ensure they stay safe on the road. Make sure to:

  • Buckle up. Seatbelts can save lives in the event of an accident. Ensure you and everyone else in the car is buckled up, and properly secure infants in car seats.

  • Don’t drink and drive. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages over the weekend, make sure to have a designated sober driver, or call an Uber or Lyft.

  • Stay alert. Be extra vigilant when you’re behind the wheel and drive defensively.

  • Be patient. There will probably be traffic during Labor Day weekend, which may increase your time on the road. Be patient and leave extra room between your vehicle and others.

All of us at Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci hope that the information in this blog helps you stay aware of the increased dangers of driving over Labor Day weekend and how you can do your part in ensuring your safety and the safety of others on the road.

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci is here for you. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm at (833) 600-0125 to speak with a personal injury attorney.



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