Holiday weekends bring a heightened risk of car accidents in Gastonia, elsewhere in state

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Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner so it is a good time for North Carolina car accident attorneys to remind motorists to buckle up and be safe on roadways during the holiday weekend. Holiday weekends often encompass summer barbeques or gatherings which lead to heightened traffic and a high risk of car accidents in Gastonia, Winston-Salem or Greensboro.

The National Safety Council recently released their estimates for traffic crashes during this Memorial Day weekend which begins Friday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. and continues through to Monday, May 30th at 11:59 p.m. The organization estimates over 400 fatalities and another 39,400 injuries will occur nationwide during the upcoming holiday weekend. The NSC encourages the use of safety belts this holiday weekend as they estimate over 100 lives could be saved nationwide if all drivers and passengers were to wear their seat belts.

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration using the Fatality Analysis Reporting System reported 13 fatal crashes in North Carolina on Memorial Day. South Carolina reported 6 fatal crashes. The two states combined for 51 fatalities on Memorial Day alone in 2009 with 28 reported deaths in North Carolina and 23 reported deaths in South Carolina.

The NSC recommends the following tips to ensure safety this Memorial Day holiday weekend:
-Driving under the influence impairs your ability to drive and react so arrange for a designated driver if you plan to drink at a weekend gathering.

-Drive defensively while expecting the unexpected. Exercise extra caution if severe weather is a threat.

-Put your cell phone down while you are behind the wheel.

-Motorists who feel tired should pull of the road to rest or remain at home or at the party rather than driving drowsy.

-Don’t put your car in drive until everyone in the vehicle is buckled in safely. All children should be placed in age-appropriate safety seats to ensure a reduced chance of serious injury in a motor vehicle crash.

-In order to reduce the frustration of driving in high volume traffic, plan to leave early and allow plenty of time for delays. Allowing ample travel time reduces the urge to speed in order to get to your destination on time.

Motorists should be mindful that law enforcement officials will be implementing the zero-tolerance of safety belt laws nationwide from May 23 to June 5, 2011 in recognition of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in North or South Carolina, contact the car accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. For a free consultation call 1-800-887-1965 to discuss your rights today.

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