The National Safety Council (NSC) predicts around 438 traffic-related deaths are likely this upcoming Labor Day weekend. Using statics that show a steady increase in fatal traffic accidents over the past several years – and a 9% increase from this same time last year – the NSC is predicting the deadliest Labor Day weekend since 2008. That year, the NSC predicted 439 traffic fatalities over this end-of-summer holiday weekend. This prediction was slightly below the actual figure of 473.
What’s Behind the Increase in Fatal Car Accidents?
Simply put, distracted driving is the main force behind the quickly growing number of traffic fatalities in the United States. While drunk driving and other irresponsible behaviors are declining, the number of accidents caused by drivers using cellphones and other electronics – including hands-free options – continues to increase. In fact, distraction is now suspected to factor into a majority of all serious car accidents – and as our desire for constant connection increases, so too do these risks.
You can do your part this Labor Day weekend by practicing safe driving habits. These include:
- Refraining from any form of cellphone use
- Allowing a passenger to adjust music, check GPS, and work other onboard electronics
- Obeying the speed limit
- Never drinking and driving
These steps can help prevent your causing an accident. They may not be enough to prevent someone else from involving you in one. If you are injured in a car accident that you did not cause, our Gadsden attorneys can help. Please contact the Shelnutt Law Firm online or by calling 256-547-4988 to schedule your free consultation today.