Labor Day is a time to celebrate the end of summer as well as a well-deserved day off work. However, if you plan on driving in Connecticut this Labor Day, it is important to be cautious. Many fatal car accidents take place on Labor Day weekend.
Fatal accident estimates for Labor Day 2021
The National Safety Council states that approximately 466 individuals will lose their life in a motor vehicle accident this Labor Day weekend. This represents a 19% uptick from the fatality rates over Labor Day weekend in 2020. That year saw approximately 390 car accident fatalities. In addition, approximately 53,100 individuals will be injured in car crashes this Labor Day weekend. However, the current health situation affecting many in the U.S. adds an element of uncertainty in this year’s estimate.
Why do so many fatal accidents take place Labor Day weekend?
You may wonder why so many fatal car crashes take place over Labor Day weekend. First, people traditionally travel on Labor Day, as sort of a last hurrah before the start of school. Much of this travel is done by car. Adding to the danger is the fact that alcohol consumption rises over Labor Day weekend. People are celebrating with friends and family, and some will make the reckless decision to drive drunk.
Seat belts save lives
Wearing a seat belt significantly increases your chances of surviving a car crash at any point in the year. The NSC reports that approximately 184 lives will be saved over the 2021 Labor Day weekend because the people involved in car crashes were wearing their seat belt.
Take care this Labor Day weekend
While we want you to enjoy your Labor Day weekend, please do so safely. Should you be involved in a car crash it is important that you understand all your rights and options for compensation. A car accident can be devastating but it is good to know that help is available to those who find themselves in such situations.