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Posted on July 3rd, 2015,
by Zane Cagle

Holiday Weekend Potentially Most Deadly in Years

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Zane Cagle

file000283284338 (1)As many as 409 Americans could be killed over the long Independence Day Weekend and another 45,000 injured according to the National Safety Council.  That sounds just crazy!

Due to the rise in highway fatalities in recent months and years, the upcoming weekend could be the most deadly as a result of motor vehicle crashes.

If the safety group’s prediction is accurate, it could be the highest fatality and injury numbers for a Fourth of July holiday since 2008. According to NSC, the increase in roadway fatalities in addition to Independence Day falling on a Saturday, could contribute to increased death toll.

What Can You Do To Make Highways Safer for You and Your Family?

Buckle up

Seatbelts are expected to save 155 lives during the three-day holiday and another 99 Americans would be saved if they also buckled up according to NSC estimates

Put Children in Appropriate Safety Seats

Appropriately installed child car safety seats are credited with saving 100’s of children’s lives every year.

Reduce Your Speed

There are more speed-related fatalities that occur in the summer months.  Don’t be in a rush—allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Avoid Distracted Driving Behavior

Avoid distracted driving including activities such as using your cell phone or texting while behind the wheel.

Lastly, but maybe most importantly……………Do NOT Drink and Drive

Driving under the influence is the number one largest cause of motor vehicle accidents.

Summer is typically the a high-exposure period with many more miles driven on average and several holiday weekends.

On average, there are 37 percent more highway fatalities on July 4 than the average July day

Wrecked Car2Focus on Safety

While I understand “focusing on safety” and public safety reminders can seem like nagging to many,  a little nagging or planning is nothing compared to actually being in a motor vehicle crash that could have been avoided.  If you or a family member is injured in a motor vehicle then the fun and celebration abruptly stops.

The idea that  400 people could be killed this weekend in motor vehicle accident is more than disturbing.  If each of us really thought about that, then we might not leave our homes this weekend.  However, most often the idea that it  will “never happen to me” is how we continue to start our cars and venture out on the roadways.

Do your part by paying attention, avoiding the temptation to speed and never climb behind the wheel if you have been drinking.  If everyone would make a commitment to those three things, the number of highway fatalities could be reduced by a phenomenal number!

If you are injured in a motor vehicle crash, you will need legal representation.  Our attorneys are available to speak with you seven days a week and holidays whether you have been injured in Missouri or Illinois. .

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