For many, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. Celebrations take place across the country. Some people gather together for a family or neighborhood barbecue while others head to the beach for one last get away. However you decide to celebrate the end of another glorious summer, the Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates encourage you to put the safety and well being of yourself and your family first while traveling to your intended destinations as you may be at an increased risk for being involved in a car accident.
AAA Reports that Labor Day Travel Expected to Increase this Year
Labor Day travel is expected to increase this year according to AAA. The roadside assistance and travel club has projected that 34.1 million people will be traveling at least 50 miles or more during the upcoming holiday weekend, representing a 4.2 percent increase from last year when 32.7 million people traveled. Driving will remain the dominant choice of transportation with 29.2 million expected to use automobiles as their preferred traveling method. Air travel will also increase by a projected 2.8 percent with 2.61 million people traveling by this mode of transportation.
People will travel an average distance of 594 miles with an estimated spending of $804.00. Gas prices are significantly lower than this time last year, now at a national average of $3.537 a gallon. AAA suggests that an improved financial outlook within the housing market as well as increased consumer spending motivates the increased travel this year. In turn, the increased number of anticipated traveler motor vehicles on the road this weekend equates to an expected increased risk of car accidents and fatalities on our roadways.
Annual Traffic Accident and Fatality Statistics Released by the National Safety Council
Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates Labor Day auto accidents and fatalities. The organization has recently released their predictions for car accident fatalities for the upcoming 2013 Labor Day weekend. The Labor Day holiday weekend is considered to begin Friday evening August 30th at 6:00 pm and run through Monday evening September 2nd at 11:59 pm. Their estimations include 394 auto accident fatalities with an additional 42,200 car accident injuries requiring medical attention.
Unfortunately, the NSC has been quite precise in the past with their predictions, which means that many individuals will undoubtedly suffer personal injuries or even lose their lives this weekend due to a car accident. Additionally, on a more positive note, the NSC reports that 143 lives may be saved this upcoming holiday weekend because of the individuals that will choose to utilize their seatbelts. Furthermore, according to NSC stats, if every single holiday traveler chose to buckle up this weekend, an additional 99 more lives could be saved.
Safety Recommendations For Decreasing Your Chances of Becoming a Labor Day Accident Victim
Wherever you are traveling this weekend and no matter the distance you plan on going, the Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates urge you to be mindful of these safety recommendations as they may save your life or that of your loved one. Before heading out on the roadways, make sure your car is in good working condition with a full tank of gas. Obtain accurate directions, get plenty of sleep and give yourself ample time to get to your destination. You should expect that travel times might be prolonged.
Before you begin your travels, ensure that everyone in the vehicle is properly using their seatbelts. Remember, seatbelts save lives. In addition, make sure children are secured in an approved car sear appropriate for their age and weight. It is crucial to obey all traffic rules and signals. Avoid any distractions including the use of cell phones, global positioning systems, eating, changing radio stations or any other activity that diverts your mind and eyes off the road. While many Labor Day parties include drinking alcohol, we strongly advise you to designate a sober driver to avoid drunk driving or have an alternative transportation method.
Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates: Experienced Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys Helping Injured Victims Throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injuries or you have lost a family member in any type of motor vehicle accident including car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents, we encourage you to contact the reputable personal injury law firm of Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates to discuss the details of your accident with an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer. Our compassionate person injury attorneys will fully investigate your accident enabling us to identify the negligent parties to be held accountable for your injuries or the wrongful death of your loved one.
You can count on our team of highly skilled Philadelphia motor vehicle accident lawyers to aggressively fight on your behalf to seek justice and the maximum compensation that is deserved under the law. With offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Voorhees, New Jersey, we are conveniently located to handle all types of motor vehicle accident cases throughout both states. Call the personal injury law firm of Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates today at 215-567-6600 to schedule a free consultation with one of our qualified Philadelphia auto accident lawyers or submit an online inquiry.