Labor Day weekend traditionally marks what is thought of as a sort-of “end of summer” celebration. However, it is also historically one of the most deadly weekends in terms of car accident fatalities, many of which are caused by drunk or otherwise intoxicated drivers.
The National Safety Council indicate that traffic fatalities were nine percent higher in the first six months of this year than they were in 2015, and a continuation of those trends estimates that over 400 people that will be killed in traffic crashes this weekend. This estimate is the highest figure for this particular weekend since 2008. The NSC indicates that traffic fatalities have shown signs of increasing every year since 2014, a trend that has alarmingly picked up steam so far this year.
One of the leading causes of this sharp increase: alcohol. Because Labor Day is a long weekend that usually features celebratory parties and other gatherings that involve alcohol, people who are not necessarily sober but in a hurry to get to different places will often jump behind the wheel of a car and drive when they are not fit to do so.
The NSC estimates that of the average 375 fatalities that have occurred in each of the last five Labor Day holidays, 37% of them have involved drivers impaired by alcohol.
Florida is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, and police will once again be stepping up their presence, including both on our roads and even in our waters. However, this will not stop all drunk drivers, and it’s best to be sure you are constantly on the lookout for those who you think may be intoxicated while driving and avoid them at all costs. And as always, never drink and drive.
When you are injured in a car accident by a drunk driver, call a Tampa Bay car accident lawyer to begin reviewing your options for pursuing compensation. Attorney Bryan Caulfield Esq. has earned several distinctions, including recognition from Super Lawyers, a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, and Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law by The Florida State Bar.
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