Why is Memorial Day one of the most dangerous holidays of the year?

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In the United States, every year on Memorial Day we honor the brave men and women who have given their lives in sacrifice to protect our nation. Memorial Day is a federal holiday. Therefore, non-government workers have a day off of work, creating a three-day weekend where individuals can spend quality time celebrating the holiday with their loved ones. Although this is a time for celebration, it is also one of the most dangerous weekends to be on the road. Research has shown that motorists are four times more likely to get into a car accident during Memorial Day weekend than on any other weekend during the year. Keep reading to learn why Memorial Day weekend is the deadliest holiday for car accidents and discover how a compassionate New York City Car Accident Lawyer can help you navigate your legal options.

Why is Memorial Day the deadliest holiday for car accidents?

There are several reasons why car accidents are more likely to occur during Memorial Day weekend than on a regular weekend during the year. Firstly, Memorial Day is observed on the first Monday of May which means this holiday weekend is essentially the unofficial start of summer. During this three-day weekend, many families go on vacation, attend barbecue celebrations to catch up with friends, visit the beach, or do other fun outdoor activities. In this pursuit to enjoy the warm weather and time off from work, people drive all across the U.S. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 39.9 million Americans are predicted to travel more than 50 miles this holiday weekend. Therefore, with this influx of vehicles on the roadway, car accidents are more likely to occur.

With so many cars on the road, traffic delays can cause motorists to become impatient and drive aggressively. Additionally, driving so many miles can lead to sleep deprivation if a motorist does not get enough rest. Lack of sleep can impair a motorist, hindering their critical abilities needed to operate a vehicle safely. Sleep deprivation affects a motorist’s cognitive and motor abilities similar to how alcohol impairs a motorist. Moreover, holidays often include celebrations involving alcohol consumption. When individuals consume alcohol they must refrain from getting behind the wheel as their critical driving abilities are diminished. According to research, during the 2021 Memorial Day period, 40% of all fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver. To prevent serious car accidents and injuries during this holiday weekend, motorists must avoid drinking and driving as well as get sufficient rest.

In the unfortunate event that you or someone you love is injured in a car accident due to another motorist’s negligence, please contact one of our determined and talented team members. Our firm is prepared to represent your interests and help you secure the fair compensation you deserve.


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