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Memorial Day Weekend Driving Safety

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers provide safe travel tips to help families avoid Memorial Day car accidents. Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous holiday for American drivers. Everyone is rushing to get away for the first long weekend of the summer, and the volume of traffic can compound problems. Congestion, road rage, excitement, and frustration could prove to be a recipe for disaster. Studies have shown that drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal auto accident over the Memorial Day weekend than on a regular non-holiday weekend.

One of the issues is that there are a larger number of drivers running red lights over Memorial Day weekend. Approximately 2.3 million drivers run red lights over Memorial Day weekend, which works out to approximately 1.2 red lights run per second in the United States. This is nearly thirty percent higher than the average holiday weekend.

Although a car accident can happen anywhere at any time, some areas are more dangerous than others due to a high volume of traffic and other factors. Some of the more dangerous areas in the United States for driving on Memorial Day include the stretch of roads between Washington D.C. and New York (which puts Delaware roads right in the middle), and also on roads in Texas and California. Houston and Los Angeles are particularly dangerous cities for drivers during the summer holidays.

Safe Driving Tips

If you will be driving over the holiday weekend, there are some things that you can do to stay safe:

  • Do not speed
  • Observe all traffic lights
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving, even for GPS
  • Ride with another passenger if you are taking a long trip, and take turns driving
  • Get a full 8 hours of rest the night before your trip. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as intoxicated driving
  • Never drink and drive. Remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving
  • Allow for extra travel time to avoid frustration
  • Take frequent rest breaks to stretch and hydrate
  • Know that Friday after work is the most dangerous time to travel during Memorial Day Weekend, particularly at dusk
  • Pack your trunk with an emergency first aid kit and other roadside necessities, such as bottled water and energy bars
  • Inflate your tires to the appropriate tire pressure before your trip
  • Fit your car with new wiper blades
  • Make sure your oil is changed
  • Bring a fully charged cell phone in case of emergency (but again, do not use it while driving)
  • Clean your backup camera

AAA has predicted that nearly forty million Americans will be on the road over the Memorial Day weekend this year. Many of them will be traveling fifty miles or more. All this traffic means more potential for all types of motor vehicle accidents, so take every opportunity to get to your destination safely.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Those Harmed by Negligent Drivers

If you have been involved in a car accident, we can help you get your life back on track. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow offer flexible appointment times, including evenings and weekends. Our offices are conveniently located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, where we serve clients in personal injury cases throughout Delaware. Call us today at 302-427-9500 or contact us online.