Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. It is also one of the deadliest holidays for drivers and passengers. Car accident injuries claimed 397 lives during the 2010 Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Newport Beach, California fire captain Glenn White described a Memorial Day 2013 crash as one of the most horrific crashes he’s ever seen. Five teenagers were killed when the sedan in which they were riding veered off a road, hit a tree, split open and caught fire. The driver was believed be speeding at 100 mph at the time of the crash, according to an L.A. Times article.
“I’ve been on duty for almost 30 years, and I’ve seen some terrible vehicular accidents,” he told the L.A. Times. “This was, if not the worst, one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”
In addition to speed, alcohol is another huge contributing factor for deadly car accidents—especially during holiday weekends. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 40 percent of the crashes that occurred during the 2010 Memorial Day weekend. Had these drivers chosen not go get behind the wheel after celebrating during the long weekend, others would still be alive.
Driving unimpaired at a safe speed is not enough to avoid an auto accident during this deadly period. It is important to protect yourself against other drivers who cause an unavoidable accident. Missouri State Highway Patrol superintendent Ron Replogle told Fox News that none of the eight people killed in auto accidents during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend were wearing seatbelts.
“We cannot emphasize it enough: Seatbelts save lives. Please buckle up every time you are in a vehicle,” Replogle said in the Fox interview.
As another Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Anapol Weiss personal injury lawyers are all too familiar with the consequences of fatal auto accidents and want to remind people about the dangers of speeding and driving distracted or under the influence and the importance of wearing a seatbelt.