Millions of Americans are planning on hopping in their vehicle in route to a Memorial Day destination. During the long weekend, the National Safety Council (NSC) is predicting that there will be more than 400 roadway fatalities from car accidents in Rock Hill and elsewhere. Experts predict that another 42,000 people will be injured in auto accidents over the long weekend.
For statistic keeping purposes, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is defined as the time between 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25th through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 28th.
Experts believe that close to 150 people may survive these holiday accidents because they will be wearing a seat belt. Experts also predict that nearly 100 additional lives could be saved if every motorist were to wear a seat belt.
Our Rock Hill injury lawyers understand that this holiday weekend typically sees a near 12 percent increase in the number of fatal accidents compared to similar non-holiday weekends. An increase in roadway traffic significantly increases the risks for an accident. Drivers are asked to be safe behind the wheel and safe during their Memorial Day travels. During this time, officers nationwide will be on our roadways in search of motorists who aren’t buckled up. This is all a part of the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The campaign is taking place from May 21st through June 3rd. During this time, officers will also be on the hunt for drivers who are displaying dangerous driving habits behind the wheel and for motorists who aren’t buckled in.
Be safe out there, not only to avoid a costly citation but to help to avoid a potentially fatal accident.
To help to keep your Memorial Day holiday weekend travels safe, the NSC is stepping in with a few simple safety tips. Motorists are urged to review these tips and to share them with friends and family members. Safe driving habits can help to keep you safe over this dangerous weekend on our roadways.
Safe Driving Tips:
-Curb all of the distractions. We’re going beyond cell phones and text messaging devices and asking drivers to refrain from eating, smoking, drinking and engaging in activities with passengers while in the driver’s seat. Distractions take your mind off of the road and increase your risks for an accident.
-Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seat belt. You should keep child passengers under the age of 12 in the proper child safety seat and in the back seat of the vehicle.
-Our roadways will be congested. Leave for your destination with plenty of time to spare to avoid rushing on our roadways.
-Drive defensively. Avoid tailgating and be aware of your surroundings.
-Make sure you get plenty of sleep before getting behind the wheel. You never want to allow drowsiness, frustration or other emotions to take hold of you while driving.
If you or someone who is close to you has been injured or killed in a car accident in Rock Hill or in any of the surrounding areas contact the South Carolina injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices to set up a free and confidential appointment today. Call 800-887-1965.
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