Labor Day started back in 1894 when Congress passed an act – signed by President Grover Cleveland – making the first Monday of September of every year a legal holiday dedicated to the achievements of hard-working Americans. Since then, it has been a holiday in which friends and family head out to vacation as Summer comes to an end and students head back to school during their final days of freedom filled with traveling and fun. Labor Day was created to honor celebrate the achievements and contributions of the 163 million men and women across the country who are in the United States workforce.
According to a survey conducted by WalletHub, more than 25% of Americans plan to get out of town this weekend and more than 102 million will enjoy a cookout. More than 35 million Americans are expected to hit the roads for a weekend getaway causing an increase in traffic across US roadways. In fact, Finder.com reported that it is the 4th worst weekend to travel on the roads (Labor Day Weekend comes in behind #1 – 4th of July, #2 – Thanksgiving Weekend, #3- Memorial Day Weekend) The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 398 people may die on U.S. roads this 2019 Labor Day weekend.
Many Americans choose to travel by car, which has the highest fatality rate based on passengers per mile of any other form of transportation. Along with the dangerous traffic congestion caused by the abundance of people, comes the dangers of celebrations involving alcohol consumption, the #1 contributing factor to motor-vehicle crashes.
Texas has one of the highest rates of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the country! According to TxDot statistics, there were 328 DUI-alcohol related crashes that resulted in 8 fatalities and 25 serious injuries during the Labor Day holiday.
Throughout the country, alcohol-impaired driving (involving blood-alcohol content of 0.08 g/dL or higher) represented 29% of the total traffic fatalities.
You can also visit SoberRides.org to plan your ride home before the party and the drinking begins because drivers under the influence of alcohol could face up to $17,000 in fines, fees, and could lose their license.
Drink. Drive. Go To Jail.
Among the states surveyed by Finder, the Lone Star state takes the lead with the most deaths on Labor Day weekend. San Antonio, Dallas, and St. Louis tied for deadliest cities on the road over Labor Day weekend The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) reported that there were 36 fatal crashes in 2018 that resulted in 46 deaths.
A medically consulted injury involves an injury that is serious enough to seek the help of a medical professional. Based on the NSC’s 2019 report, the current injury to death ratio is 114:1, meaning that the estimated non-fatal medically consulted injuries that may result from crashes during the holiday is 45,300
Studies show that seat belts, when used properly, are 45% effective in preventing fatalities in front-seat passenger occupants. The National Safety Council estimated that 157 lives may be saved this Labor Day weekend because vehicle passengers wear safety seat belts, an additional 92 lives could be saved if everyone wore their safety belts.
Even the most safety-conscious can get into serious accidents, especially on holiday weekends. If you or someone you love suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact the legal experts at the Lion Law Firm.
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