Holiday weekends typically have higher numbers for traffic accidents than any other weekends in the state of Ohio based on yearly statistics.
Whether it’s due to the increased number of drivers going on vacation, more out-of-town drivers unfamiliar with the areas, or alcohol/drug impaired drivers celebrating the holiday weekends, it is an existing issue that seems to have no end in sight.
The three-day Memorial Day weekend last year yielded a frightening number of 14 accident fatalities.
Out of those 14 deaths, 3 of them were due to OVI’s and 4 of the accidents’ victims were not using seatbelts. When I looked at the numbers from 2014, there was very little change—13 fatalities occurred on Memorial Weekend of 2014.
Over the past four years, fatalities on this holiday have remained between 13 to 18 deaths caused by motor vehicle collisions!
The amount of lives lost in such a short period of time because of pure negligence is inexcusable.
As you and your family head out this Memorial Day weekend, take extra care while on the road.
Here are some things we can all do to keep that number below last year’s:
- Wear your seatbelt
- Avoid using your phone while driving by keeping it out of sight
- Do not drive under the influence, designate a driver or take a cab/uber
- If you suspect another driver on the road is drunk, contact police immediately to report it
- Keep to the speed limit—a good portion of crashes occur because of excess speed
- Pay attention to the cars around you
Please follow these tips any time you are on the road and take extra precaution on holiday weekends. If you or a loved one is hurt in a car collision, don’t wait to call me. Negligent drivers must be held accountable for their actions.
As your Ohio car accident lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.