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Memorial Day weekend is on the horizon and many of us have made plans to travel in order to spend the holiday with loved ones. While it is a day to look forward to, individuals should be aware of the hazardous road conditions. The National Safety Council estimates 383 traffic deaths and another 46,300 medically consulted injuries may occur over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. The Council believes in total May 2015 will bring about 3,073 fatalities from motor vehicle collisions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014 approximately 87 percent of individuals in a vehicle wore their seatbelts. The 13 percent of people who were either drivers or passengers, and did not wear their seatbelts made up 44.7 percent of the deaths in 2014. According to National Safety Council estimates, almost 140 lives can be saved over Memorial Day weekend if individuals would just wear their seatbelts, and an additional 95 lives could be saved if all drivers and passengers wore their seatbelts.
By driving appropriately and making wise decisions we can commence the summer with family and friends, and minimize preventable fatalities and injuries. Wherever your travel plans may take you, remember these tips when enjoying the holiday weekend:
· Reduce your speed. More speeding-related fatalities occur during the summer months than any other time of year.
· Refrain from using cell phones or devices – hands-free or handheld – when driving
· Place children in age-appropriate safety seats
· Designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation if you consume alcohol. Do not get behind the wheel. Impairment begins with the first drink
· Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during bad weather
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, the lawyers at the Manchin Injury Law Group can help. Call us today to schedule a consultation.