As the summer season nears the end, many individuals will spend Labor Day weekend celebrating with friends, family members, and alcoholic beverages.
Unfortunately, being impaired from alcohol does not stop everyone from getting behind the wheel. With many more people traveling on the road, this is a deadly combination. Here are some statistics to help you stay knowledgeable and safe over the upcoming holiday weekend.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
Statistics show that alcohol-related accidents, especially amongst young people, actually increase during the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with spikes around major holidays. On average, there are:
- 260 teens killed in car crashes during summer
- 29 people killed every day in the U.S. each year in alcohol-related crashes
- More than 10,000 deaths each year attributed to drunk driving
In addition, alcohol-related crashes account for about 28% of traffic deaths each year. However, this number increases during holiday weekends like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
Signs of Impaired Driving
Alcohol impairs a driver’s reaction time, vision, concentration, and coordination. There are a few signs to look out for that may show that a driver is impaired over the Labor Day weekend:
- Quick acceleration/deceleration
- Zig-zagging on the road
- Driving 10 mph or more below the speed limit
If you believe someone is driving under the influence, immediately pull over and contact local law enforcement. This can help ensure that the driver is pulled over and taken off the road.
Remember that if you plan on drinking during Labor Day weekend, have a designated sober driver or call an Uber or Lyft. In addition, take extra precautions on the road to ensure you and your family stay safe over the holiday weekend.
Injured in a California Accident?
Sadly, even the most careful and vigilant drivers can become victims of drunk driving accidents. If this is the case for you or your loved one, remember that you can always turn to the Oxnard personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood for help pursuing compensation for your injuries.
Get compassionate legal advocates on your side. Contact our firm at (805) 470-1628 to discuss what your options are moving forward.