The National Safety Council is forecasting the deadliest Memorial Day weekend on America's roads since at least 2009. It estimates that around 439 people will be killed in traffic collisions over the long weekend, along with another 50,500 who will be seriously injured. Louisiana families who are planning a road trip should be extra vigilant.
This estimate is the latest data point in a concerning trend of increasing traffic fatalities in the United States. It comes on the heels of the NSC's announcement that deaths as a result of traffic collisions increased by 8 percent in 2015 from the previous year, which was the largest percentage jump in a single year in a half a century. Deborah A.P. Hersman, the president and CEO of the NSC, warns that driving in the summer can be particularly dangerous.
There are a number of steps that the NSC recommends to help Americans stay safe on the roads this Memorial Day weekend. Most are common sense, like encouraging everyone to buckle their seat belt, choosing a designated driver to avoid drinking and driving, and avoiding driving without getting enough sleep. It also suggests avoiding using a cellphone even with a hands free device, ensuring that teens maintain good driving habits, and learning about the vehicle's unique safety features.
Individuals who have suffered an injury as the result of another driver's negligence may take a severe financial hit due to medical costs and lost wages. An experienced personal injury attorney can often assist by filing a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist seeking compensation for these and other losses.