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Memorial Day Weekend Driving Safety

Posted by Lara Vitiello on May 21, 2020

The Memorial Day weekend brings masses of holiday travelers to the road.  This year, as some states start to ease quarantine restrictions, the amount of traffic on our roadways may be even greater. Unfortunately, with more traffic comes more accidents.

One recent study found that Memorial Day is the deadliest of all holidays, with drivers and passengers four times as likely to die in a traffic accident over the holiday weekend as over a regular weekend. And while these grim statistics should not dissuade you from traveling by car this weekend, here are some driving safety tips to keep in mind:

 

  • Don’t drive drunk or high. Impaired driving of any kind is illegal. But also ask yourself if you are tired, sick or drowsy. If you’re impaired in any way, do not get behind the wheel.
  • Make sure your car is in good condition. Are you up to date on maintenance, are your tires inflated properly, are your fluids topped off, does your windshield give you a clear view?
  • Practice defensive, safe driving tactics including: buckling your seatbelt; stay aware of other drivers – especially semi-trucks and motorcycles; maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you; don’t linger in other vehicle’s blind spots; and observe speed limits and traffic signals.
  • Be ready to focus on driving.  Distracted driving accounts for an increasing number of crashes.  Whether it’s talking to passengers, switching radio stations, eating, drinking or texting, anything that takes your concentration from the task at hand can lead to an accident.
  • Be prepared. What is the weather like? Is a storm likely? Do you have emergency supplies in the car like water, a first-aid kit, flashlight, blanket, map and a roadside safety kit? Here is a checklist of items you should keep in your car.

 

The attorneys at Casey, Devoti & Brockland wish everyone a fun and safe holiday weekend.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, we can help.  Call our office for a free, no-obligation consultation:  (314) 421-0763.

 

 

About the Firm

Casey, Devoti & Brockland is a St. Louis-based law firm focused exclusively on personal injury litigation.  Since 1983, our attorneys have helped injured people navigate the road to recovery by securing compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.  Together Partners Matt Casey, Matt Devoti and Anne Brockland have nearly 50 years of trial experience handling the following personal injury matters:  car, truck and train crashes, victims of impaired and distracted driving, medical malpractice, birth injuries, JUUL and e-cigarette litigation, product liability, premises liability, elder and sexual abuse, Workers’ Compensation and wrongful death.  We proudly serve clients throughout metropolitan St. Louis, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

Our highly accessible attorneys deliver the perfect balance of aggressive legal representation, compassion and personal service.   If you or a loved one have been injured by the negligence of another, call the office today for a free, no-obligation consultation: (314) 421-0763.

 

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