Labor Day may be behind us, but for those in Southern California who were involved in a car accident over the holiday weekend, their troubles may just be beginning. And, they are not alone. Historically, Labor Day is one of the most dangerous holidays for motorists nationwide.
Labor Day is third most dangerous holiday for traffic fatalities
One study examined traffic fatalities on major U.S. holidays from 2016 to 2018 and found that Labor Day saw the third highest number of fatalities compared to other holidays. According to the study, on average 443 deadly car accidents will take place over the Labor Day weekend.
Other summer holidays also proved to be dangerous. The study found that the Fourth of July saw an average of 450 traffic deaths and Memorial Day came in second for the number of traffic fatalities on a major holiday. These deaths could be attributed to an increase in traffic and drunk driving, given the popularity of consuming alcohol during these holidays.
Negligent driving on holidays can lead to a lawsuit
Ultimately, if you are not paying attention to the road, are violating traffic laws by speeding or running red lights or if you are driving while intoxicated, you are breaching your legal duty of care to drive safely. If this breach causes a car accident that injures or kills another individual, you could be held liable for the damages that person suffered through a personal injury claim.
Those who pursue personal injury claims following a car accident may be eligible for compensation. Depending on the circumstances, they could seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. If the victim was killed, their survivors may pursue a wrongful death claim for lost companionship, loss of income and more. Ultimately, this post does not contain legal advice and cannot promise any specific outcome in a personal injury claim. Those who have been injured in a car accident this past holiday weekend can contact The Law Office of Aman N. Shah for more information.