Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer. While the calendar says that summer ends deeper into September, the holiday signifies the end of the season for people across the country. Children are going back to school, the weather is turning cooler and the days are growing shorter.
While Labor Day Weekend is a typical time for celebrations, it is also one of the most dangerous weekends on the road. With so many people planning short holidays, parties and other outings, there will be more people than usual on the highway. Along with the parties, sadly, comes an increase in vehicle collisions.
Many adults will have a few too many alcoholic beverages during the holiday weekend. While some will arrange for sober rides home, others will try to drive themselves. These people are putting everyone on the road at risk of injury — or worse. Statistics show that Labor Day Weekend is one of the deadliest times of year when it comes to fatal drunk driving related accidents.
Drunk driving isn’t something that only occurs on the road. People will be celebrating on the water as well. Drunk boating is just as dangerous as getting behind the wheel of a car while impaired. Crowded waters increase the chance of accident and coupled with intoxicated operators, people are a heightened risk for being involved in a crash.
Many people associate the word “accident” with vehicles. The truth of the matter is that accidents can occur anywhere and in any situation. Other common accidents during Labor Day Weekend include sports injuries, ATV accidents, bicycle accidents, burns and dog bites.
If you and your loved ones will be celebrating during the holiday, with or without alcohol, make sure you keep safety in mind. If you choose to drink, do not operate a vehicle or a boat. If you play a friendly game of football, be sure to keep it friendly. If you encounter a dog you don’t know, don’t assume it is friendly.
You work hard and you deserve a chance to relax and unwind. There is perhaps no better time to do this than at the close of the summer season. While you are celebrating, remember that the choices you make may impact not only you and your friends, but strangers you encounter. Let this summer come to a close on a safe note!
If you do happen to be injured in an accident in Charlotte this Labor Day Weekend or at any other time of year, you have legal rights. This is especially true if your injuries are caused by someone’s error or negligence. Call our office and speak with a member of our team to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will speak with you about the cause of your accident and advise you of your options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. We are here if you need us.