Drive Carefully Over Memorial Day Weekend
Holidays are often accompanied by an increase in dangerous driving. Drinking and driving may be the most notorious of holiday traffic problems, but countless serious car accidents are caused by people running red lights and committing other moving violations. According to a study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Memorial Day weekend may be the most dangerous time of year for drivers. The number of drivers running red lights increases by more than 27 percent on this weekend than on non-holiday weekends. The result of these traffic violations is an increase in fatalities and serious injuries occurring at intersections all over the country.
There are several factors that contribute to the increase in moving violations during Memorial Day weekend. As with many holidays, particularly holidays when the weather cooperates, many more drivers take to the roads than normally would. Congested roads can try drivers' patience and cause them to make poor decisions. The desire to get ahead of traffic and get to holiday destinations more quickly can overwhelm a driver's normal good sense. This is reflected in the fact that an unusually large percentage of red light violations occur on the Friday before Memorial Day between 1 and 5 p.m.
Negligent driving at intersections poses a danger to the driver, as well as to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. The same impatience that causes drivers to run a red light can cause others to cross the intersection without checking for traffic. Most people assume that it is safe to go when the light turns green. The collisions that result often cause injuries and can be fatal. Moving violations led to approximately 130,000 injuries in 2009, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
This Memorial Day weekend, please take the time to practice safe driving. Pay close attention at all intersections and be aware other drivers may not be as conscientious as you are. Staying safe is a vital component of enjoying a holiday weekend.
Source: USA Today, "Memorial Day a peak time for running red lights, study says," by Charisse Jones, 23 May 2012
Watch A Quick Video:
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.
**Board certification is not required to practice law in Illinois, and the Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize specialties in the practice of law.
What Our Clients Say
- Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. I know a lot of hard work, by all of you, went into the preparation of this case and we wanted you to know that it is greatly appreciated. We worried about many things during that period, but one thing we didn't worry about was our attorneys. What a fine team you make! You guys are great! Read More
- I wanted to touch base with everyone again to express my thanks to everyone involved in the USAir 1016 case for the way the case was handled and the way you treated myself and my family. While I realize that there are other law firms that could have tried the case, I don't believe they could have matched the caring you showed us... Read More
- How do we thank you for doing such a tremendous job with the lawsuit against Freeport Memorial Hospital?...The day that check arrived I was so nervous, in fact I was a wreck until we had it safely invested. I am not thanking you just as our attorney, but as a very good friend...Read More
- We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks for the supportive service that you have given our family during the past three years. While we wish that we would not have found ourselves in a situation requiring your services, we are grateful for the sensitive way...Read More
Email Us For a Response
Have Questions? We Have Answers.
Tell us about your case and we’ll get back to you with a FREE case evaluation.
Bold labels are required.
Premier Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys
Call 877-216-4213 or Email Us For A Free Initial Consultation