Cheap gas prices and a reasonably robust economic climate are among the reasons that the 2016 Memorial Day weekend is shaping up as one of the busiest—and most dangerous—holidays in recent years. (Brad Tuttle, money.com)
As we begin this exciting Memorial Day weekend, many of us are looking forward to barbecues, pool parties or maybe even some time at the beach. For those of you planning to hit the New Jersey Turnpike , Garden State Parkway or other New Jersey roadways on this holiday weekend, there are some important things that drivers need to be aware of.
As New Jersey’s car accident lawyers, we at Mintz & Geftic know all too well that holiday weekends tend to bring about some of the most hazardous conditions we ever see on the roads. Unfortunately, reports are indicating that this Memorial Day Weekend will be no exception.
TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Here’s some interesting items we’ve come across regarding motor vehicle accidents on Memorial Day weekend. Please take note of these and remember to put down the cellphone!
1. A new report by the National Safety Council estimates that 439 Americans will be killed on the road this Memorial Day weekend, the highest number since 2009 and about 100 more than in 2014. (The final number for 2015 is not yet known.) Another 50,500 will be seriously injured, the report predicts.
2. The new report estimated that 104 of the 439 traffic fatalities could be avoided if everyone wore their seat belt.
3. AAA estimates that about 91 percent of New Jersey travelers expect to make their way by car, for a total of about 872,000 people, up 2 percent from last year. Nationally, 38 million will travel by automobile (dailyrecord.com).
4. Booze is a big factor; 44 percent of all traffic fatalities that occur over Memorial Day are alcohol-related (yahoo.com).
5. Texting behind the wheel is the behavior most likely to induce road rage from fellow motorists, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Expedia. Tailgaters and left-lane hogs tied for second place in terms of aggravating people on the roads (time.com).
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