Memorial Day 2017 – Personal Injury Statistics & Safety Tips
May 26, 2017
BY: Domhnall O'Cathain
At Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, we are looking forward to Memorial Day weekend this year just like everyone else. Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest driving weekends of the year as it is the unofficial start of the summer season. Since our team consists of dedicated New Jersey personal injury lawyers, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the following statistics:
- Over 34 million Americans will be driving this Memorial Day weekend.
- The American Automobile Association (A.A.A) expects rescue 330,000 people
- 47,000 people will sustain non fatal injuries in car accidents
- An estimated 409 will die in road accidents
The A.A.A statistic in particular brought me to a tragic story I read about earlier this week.
An Unfortunate Accident
A father of two is driving his car when he is hit by a truck. After the impact, he moves over to the shoulder and gets out of his car to look at the damage while the passenger stays in the front passenger seat.
After he walks to other side of the car, he looks up and sees another car about to crash into his car. He screams and jumps over the barrier at the side of the road.
Why did he scream? To warn the passenger in the car.
Who survived? The passenger in the car with the seat belt on.
What happened to the father? He was unaware that there was a 100 foot drop at the other side of the barrier and he ultimately passed away from the fall.
Essential Safety Tips For Driving This Memorial Day Weekend
To help avoid a horrific tragedy, let’s remember these few safety tips if your car breaks down on a highway:
- If possible, move the car onto the shoulder of the highway.
- Turn your hazard lights on.
- Stay in your car until emergency services arrive.
Be smart, and be safe. If you need to get out of the car, make sure you get to a safe distance away from the traffic.
Let’s make it a Memorial Day weekend to remember for the all right reasons: family, BBQ’s, friends— and of course those who’ve served the United States of America with the ultimate sacrifice.
Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC, wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day. We ask that you join us, and please take a moment to remember the people who died while serving our country in the armed forces.
If you or a loved one has been injured from a car accident in New Jersey or New York, contact us today for a consultation.