Memorial Day Weekend is nearly here, and for many the three-day weekend
marks the unofficial beginning of summer. As such, it’s a common
time for celebration, events, road trips, and vacations. With more people
out and about, and with more people choosing to celebrate with alcohol,
the holiday weekend presents unique and increased risks of preventable
accidents, including those that result in serious or fatal injuries. In
fact, studies have shown that Memorial Day Weekend is the deadliest holiday for
According to AAA, traffic this holiday weekend is expected to be at its
highest level since 2005, with an estimated 35 million Americans hitting
the road. This influx in traffic, combined with risks posed by out-of-state
drivers unfamiliar with local laws and more drivers impaired by alcohol,
means greater risks for all motorists and pedestrians. According to statistics,
Memorial Day Weekend averages over 310 traffic fatalities every year,
as well as thousands of injuries.
At Biren Law Group, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have helped
many victims who suffered preventable harm during holidays, including
Memorial Day Weekend. Due to increased risks, we want to remind everyone
about the importance of making safety a priority, especially when driving.
This means always being aware and vigilant when behind the wheel, avoiding
distractions, and never driving under the influence of alcohol.
To help you better understand some of the risks and unique issues related
to accidents and Memorial Day Weekend, we’ve put together the following
Impaired driving – Impaired driving is a top concern at all times of the year, and
especially so during holidays and three-day weekends. With more people
choosing to celebrate with alcohol, there is a marked increase in alcohol-related
accidents. This is why law enforcement typically ramps up DUI enforcement
efforts during the holidays. Even when motorists make the responsible
decision to drive sober, they can still suffer preventable harm when others
do not. Fortunately, victims injured in
drunk driving accidents have the right to hold impaired drivers liable for the damages they suffer.
Distracted driving –
Driver distraction has become a leading factor behind recent increases in traffic deaths
and injuries nationwide. This is because taking one’s attention
off the road substantially increases crash risks, especially when that
attention is diverted to texting or using a cell phone. With an increase
in traffic, distracted drivers pose even more risks to public safety,
as they may not be able to react to collision-critical situations. Although
there are laws in place prohibiting motorists in California from using
cell phones and texting, many drivers still do. When they cause preventable
accidents as a result, they can be held accountable for any injuries they cause.
Drowsy driving – Studies have shown that driving tired can be just as dangerous
as driving with a blood alcohol level that exceeds the legal limit. During
long road trips or weekend getaways, many drivers on the road are fatigued.
When tired drivers fail to take reasonable measures in reducing risks,
such as taking naps or having another person drive, they engage in acts
of negligence and increase risks of driving errors which put others in
danger. As such, they too can be held liable for causing accidents and injuries.
By preparing in advance for a trip and making responsible decisions, you
can help keep yourself and your family safe. However, even the most vigilant
planning and care won’t eliminate risks posed by negligent drivers.
When negligent motorists do cause accidents that result in serious injuries
or death, it is important for victims and families to remember that our
civil justice system provides them with the opportunity to make their
voices heard, hold at-fault parties accountable for their conduct, and
recover financial compensation for their damages, including medical expenses,
lost income, and pain and suffering.
Our legal team at Biren Law Group makes ourselves available to all victims
and families who suffer preventable harm during holidays or at any other
time during the year. This includes victims from other cities or states
who need experienced and proven lawyers familiar with local laws. Our
attorneys draw from over 40 years of combined experience and focus exclusively
on protecting the rights of clients who suffer all types of
catastrophic injuries, including those involving
brain injuries and serious spine or orthopedic injuries. We also have extensive experience
fighting for victims injured by drunk, distracted, and drowsy drivers.
If you or your loved one has been injured anywhere in the Los Angeles area,
our team is ready to help you understand your rights and what we can do
to pursue the compensation you deserve.
Contact us for a FREE consultation.