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Top driving tips for safe Labor Day weekend trips

August 31, 2018 by Steven M. Gursten

Here’s how to make Labor Day weekend trips safe: No distracted driving; no drowsy, drunk or impaired driving; no speeding; always wear seat belts & helmets

Tips for safe Labor Day weekend trips: No distracted, drunk, drowsy or drugged driving

Labor Day weekend trips are the last hurrah for most families before they get back to the books and the start of school.

It’s a time for making memories, resting and relaxing for at least one more day before the chaos of the school year starts. A big part of making that happen is ensuring that people drive safely to and from their destinations – not always easy given how clogged Michigan’s highways are at this time of year with road construction and work crews.

Safety, of course, is not something you or your family should take lightly when making Labor Day weekend trips.

The Michigan State Police say that over the past 45 years (between 1972 and 2017) the Labor Day holiday weekend sees an annual average of 19 car accident road fatalities – which, significantly, is more than any other holiday weekend in this state.

To help drivers and families stay safe out on the roads, I’ve compiled the following list of Labor Day safe driving tips:

On behalf of all Michigan Auto Law attorneys and legal professionals, we wish you a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend.

Traffic fatalities during Labor Day weekend trips

Below are statistics from the Michigan State Police for the traffic fatalities that have occurred over the Labor Day holiday since 2014:

  • 2014 – 6 fatalities (5 of the deaths resulted from alcohol-related crashes)
  • 2015 – 15 fatalities (10 of the deaths resulted from alcohol-related crashes)
  • 2016 – 10 fatalities (2 of the deaths were alcohol-related)
  • 2017 – 15 fatalities (4 of the deaths were alcohol-related)

(Sources: “2017 Michigan Holiday Traffic Fatalities,” Michigan State Traffic Crash Reporting Unit; “5 year trends-fatal crashes and persons killed for select holiday periods in Michigan,” 2016 Michigan Traffic Crash Facts)

Don’t wait to call a lawyer after car crashes during Labor Day weekend trips

Even though I normally tell people not to rush to talk to or hire an attorney, the potential harm in losing critical evidence from a Labor Day holiday-related car crash means it’s better not to delay in getting legal advice – especially if you’ve been seriously injured and the at-fault driver’s insurance alone may be inadequate to compensate you.

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