Memorial Day Safety Tips

Holiday weekends have an exceptionally high number of traffic accidents and incidents. In fact, the National Coalition for Safer Roads did a comprehensive study that found Memorial Day weekend to be the most dangerous holiday for drivers.

We’ve put together some safety tips to stay safe on the roads during this upcoming holiday weekend.

Prepare for Friday Afternoon Traffic

Friday afternoon and evening hold the most potential for risk of accidents during Memorial Day weekend. Many individuals are getting off work at similar times and eager to kick off the weekend, potentially making the roadways overly congested.

Make sure you allow plenty of extra travel time in order to get to your destination safely and on time. There will be much more traffic on the road, so drive with extra patience. Remember that your number one priority should be to get to your destination safely, whether or not that means you lose some time.

Keep a Safe Distance Between Cars

Just because you are focused on safety doesn’t mean the person in front of you is. In heavy traffic, stay a good distance behind the car in front of you. If they brake suddenly, you will have room to react and avoid a rear-end collision. It can also give the person behind you more time to react to avoid a collision into the back of your car.

Don’t Drink and Drive, But Know Others May

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most notorious holiday weekends for a spike in alcohol-related accidents. Alcohol is part of the mix at many parties, barbecues, and group outings on this holiday weekend. If you choose to drink, do so responsibly and make sure you have a designated driver.

Uber and Lyft will have drivers out in full force to shuttle you to and from Memorial Day activities. Even if you take all these precautions, remember that not everyone else on the road will. If you see a drunk or reckless driver, make sure to contact local authorities so an accident is avoided.

Have an Emergency Plan in Case of an Accident

Make sure you have an emergency plan in place. Keep a cell phone charger in the car and make sure everyone in the vehicle knows where information for emergency roadside assistance is located.

It’s important to enjoy your weekend, but make sure it’s not at the expense of your safety or others. If you are, unfortunately, involved in a car accident and have sustained an injury, you should immediately speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can inform you of what to do moving forward.

To speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your rights, contact Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci at (833) 600-0125 for a free case evaluation.

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