California’s roadways are often congested during Labor Day weekend,
as we rush around to enjoy one last cookout or trip to the beach before
the summer unofficially ends. Unfortunately, more vehicles on the road,
combined with other risks such as impaired or drowsy drivers, often lead
As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, the summer
months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are some of the deadliest times
to be on the road. Three of the fifteen deadliest days on the road occur
around the upcoming holiday (Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2).
Impaired driving is one of the greatest risks. Over Labor Day weekend in
2012, 147 Americans were killed in drunk driving crashes, which accounted
for nearly 40 percent of all traffic fatalities that weekend. With this
in mind, we encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly, which includes
designating a sober driver, using public transportation, or taking a taxi.
Below are a few more tips for a safe holiday weekend on the road:
Drive defensively: Whether you are headed to the city or picking up party supplies at your
local grocery store, always expect the unexpected.
Eliminate distractions: Distracted driving can quickly lead to a San Diego car crash. When traveling
with your family, put down your cell phone, occupy your children with
toys, and let someone else manage the radio or GPS.
Take a rest: Drowsy driving can also lead to accidents. To maintain focus, make regular
stops during long trips. Also, if you don’t feel well or simply
feel fatigued, let someone else take over behind the wheel.
Keep emotions under control: Traffic and construction delays can be frustrating, particularly during
a holiday weekend. To avoid letting your anger get the best of you, take
a deep breath and remember that getting upset won’t get you there
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego motor
vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.