Enjoy your holiday weekend, but remember to be safe on the road, too. Memorial Day weekend is an especially dangerous weekend for driving on Pennsylvania roads. Data from prior years shows a marked increase in car-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities across the state during this holiday weekend from Friday afternoon-Monday evening. For example, in 2015, the state police were called in to investigate over 700 accidents. Out of these accidents, there were 13 deaths and almost 250 injuries. The majority of these accidents were alcohol-related. On top of investigating accidents, the state police made over 450 DUI arrests and cited over 1,000 people for not wearing their seatbelts. Over 300 adults were cited for not having children in proper safety seats, too.
Some statistics say that you’re much more likely to die in an accident on Memorial Day Weekend as opposed any other weekend. With this in mind, it is imperative that you practice safe driving habits and are aware of other drivers on the road. Conversely, if you’re injured in an accident on the holiday weekend due to the fault of another, you may be able to seek legal compensation. For more information, call our personal injury firm in Altoona, PA at 814-946-4100.