Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and as the unofficial kickoff to summer fun, there’s plenty to be excited about. The long Memorial Day weekend provides us with the opportunity to gather together with family and friends and to engage in some good, old-fashioned, outdoor family fun. But before you head out to the backyard barbeque and beanbag toss, take a moment to consider the fact that Memorial Day’s increased traffic and attendant drunk drivers leave you at greater risk of being injured in a car accident. When you take to the roadways of South Carolina, always make traveling safely your primary goal.
Memorial Day Weekend Mean More Traffic on the Roads
The Memorial Day weekend practically begs people to jump in the car and head to Charleston for some rip-roaring festivities with loved ones. With this, however, comes traffic—lots and lots of traffic. Further, picnics and fun in the sun often revolve around meat sizzling on the grill and beers icing in the cooler. With more drivers on the road, the risk that more of these drivers will be impaired by alcohol also increases. Crowded roadways mixed with drunk drivers are a recipe for dangerous driving conditions. If you’re heading out for Memorial Day weekend fun, make it your mission to stay safe out there.
If another driver leaves you injured over the Memorial Day weekend, you need skilled legal counsel. While every car accident claim is different, every car accident claim is also complicated, and an impaired driver further complicates the situation. If you’ve been injured, you need just compensation to better allow you to successfully navigate the path toward recovery. At the Hughey Law Firm in Charleston, our dedicated legal team is here to help. Our experienced car accident attorneys have the skill, commitment, and knowledge to aggressively advocate for your claim’s just resolution.
Memorial Day weekend is travel-heavy, and the statistics back this up:
- CBS News reports that Memorial Day weekend motorists are four times likelier to die in a traffic accident than they are during a typical non-holiday weekend.
- The same source also finds that Memorial Day weekend travelers from 2011 through 2015 saw 312 traffic deaths on average each year, which is a higher fatality rate than any other holiday experiences.
Memorial Day weekend is also impaired-driver heavy, and the statistics back this up as well:
- Memorial Day weekend, like other holidays, sees a spike in drunk driving fatalities.
- According to the Insurance Information Institute, 40 percent of Memorial Day traffic deaths between 2011 and 2015 involved alcohol.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that—of traffic fatalities in 2015—almost a third involved alcohol.
Combined, these statistics tell a grisly tale related to Memorial Day weekend traffic, drunk drivers, and traffic accidents. Heed their warning, and always make driving safely your top priority when you get behind the wheel.
By now, we all get it—driving under the influence of alcohol is both illegal and extremely dangerous. As drivers, we shoulder the heavy responsibility of helping to keep our roadways safer for everyone. Drunk drivers, on the other hand, dismiss this responsibility and make our roads that much more dangerous for everyone. If an impaired driver leaves you injured, it can make a difficult situation that much more difficult—after all, that driver chose to get behind the wheel when it was dangerous and negligent to do so, and you were injured as a result.
Drunk Driving: The Statistics
A variety of studies confirm how alcohol impairs our physiologic responses, which are critical to safe driving. In fact, the statistics related to the dangerous effects of alcohol on drivers are significant:
- Drivers who are impaired perform poorly when their attention is divided by competing factors, as is often the case when driving (bad road conditions and oncoming traffic, for example).
- Drivers who are impaired don’t recover from the glare of nighttime driving as well as other drivers do.
- Drivers who are impaired experience decreased peripheral vision, which is critical to driving safely.
- Drivers who are impaired experience a decreased capacity to track anything that’s visually complex, including the traffic with which they share the road.
Drunk drivers, in other words, lack the capacity to drive as safely as they should, and these drivers endanger all of us.
Have Fun This Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day is a time for fun, family, and outdoor festivities, and there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t fully engage in this fun in the sun. Before you do so, however, it’s good to arm yourself with the facts. Memorial Day is a highly traveled holiday, and that means that traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers are also on the rise. If you’re going to imbibe in a drink or two, make certain that your travel plans include a designated driver, a rideshare, or another alternative for getting home. Furthermore, over-imbibing in alcohol isn’t only dangerous behind the wheel—it can also lead to injuries in outdoor activities, including sports, swimming pools, and grilling. It’s always best to limit your consumption of alcohol to an amount that’s appropriate for the occasion.
If Another Driver Leaves You Injured this Memorial Day, Contact a Charleston Car Accident Attorney Today
Every car accident is upsetting. Memorial Day, however, is a time to gather with friends and family and to enjoy the long weekend together—if another driver’s negligence leaves you injured instead, it can make the situation that much more upsetting. The dedicated car accident lawyers at the Hughey Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina, have the experience, skill, and determination to help guide your claim toward the compensation to which you are entitled. Our experienced legal team is here to help, so please contact or call us at (843) 881-8644 today.