More people are traveling during this Labor Day holiday weekend even though some consumers remain weary of the sluggish economy and even though gas prices are up. According to FOX business, there will be about 33 million people in the United States who will travel more than 50 miles to their Labor Day destination.
The Labor Day weekend is defined as the time between August 30th and September 3rd. Officials say that this is the most travelers that they’ve seen for this holiday since 2008. Expected travel is also up nearly 3 percent from last year.
According to AAA, more than 28 million travelers will be driving to their destination. Another 2.5 million will be visiting the airport, up more than 3.5 percent from 2011.
Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that the Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous times to be on our roadways. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there will be close to 150 people who will die in car accidents during this time. Another 41,000 people are expected to be injured in these accidents, too. Many of these accidents are completely preventable. That’s why we’re asking you to be safe, cautious, alert and responsible behind the wheel during this dangerous time on our roadways.
“In the absence of strong economic growth … it is an encouraging sign that Americans continue to prioritize travel,” Bill Sutherland, vice president of AAA Travel Services.
As we said before, and we’re sure you know, gas prices are up. Currently, the average cost of a gallon of gas is about $3.71. That’s about 4 percent higher than it was during 2011. That’s not stopping motorists though!
We’re asking you to not only enjoy your Labor Day holiday weekend, but to remember safety, too! Driving to your vacation destination may be one of the most dangerous things that you do over the holiday. Make sure that you practice your safety driving habits to help to reduce your risks of a potentially fatal car accident.
Officials with the NSC would like to stress the dangers of drunk driving during this time. Over the Labor Day holiday weekend, more than 40 percent of fatal car accidents are expected to involve a drunk driver. Make sure that you always have a designated driver is your plans involve drinking. If you find that you don’t have a driver, there are other safe and sober ways for you to get home. You can:
-Call a cab.
-Call a friend or family member to come pick you up.
-Take public transportation.
-Stay at a hotel, a friend’s house or another safe place.
Happy Labor Day Weekend from our Charlotte Car Accident Attorneys!
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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