Memorial Day is the start of the summer and people always like to celebrate with BBQs and sometimes a few too many libations. As the world begins to get back to normal and people are vaccinated, they will undoubtedly be partying harder than normal this year. Remember that if you or a loved one get involved in a car accident during Memorial Day weekend 2021 you can contact us for a FREE consultation. 

Oftentimes on Memorial Day and Labor Day people don’t properly plan to get home and end up driving home after a few too many drinks. They aren’t considered to be one of the big 3 holidays that come to mind when you think of “drunk driving” (New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and the 4th of July), but Memorial and Labor Day are both more dangerous days to drive than NYE or St. Pattys! 

Generally, people are better prepared on the nights that are infamous for DWI’s, but the fact that Memorial Day is considered a BBQ holiday rather than strictly a drinking holiday leaves people with their guards down at the end of the night when the party wraps up.

Understanding the Risks of Driving During Memorial Day Weekend 2021

According to AutoInsurance.org’s List of the 10 deadliest holidays to drive, Memorial Day is the second most dangerous holiday to drive, not far behind the 4th of July. That means it is imperative for your friends, family, and yourself to prepare accordingly. Since this is one of the most dangerous weekends to drive year over year, you need to make arrangements to stay wherever your party or have a sober ride home! 

SoberRides.org is a service that was designed to try to reduce DWI’s on Texas Roads. It offers options to contact rideshare services, cabs, public transit, other alternatives like pedicabs, call a friend, and pretty much every other option you can imagine, aside from getting behind the wheel drunk. 

Despite your driver being sober, there is always the chance that another drunk driver could cause a dangerous, or even deadly, collision with your vehicle. Having a sober driver is only half the battle when there are many other intoxicated drivers on the road. The bottom line is that with the increased number of potential alcohol-induced accidents over Memorial Day weekend, you need to be cautious and know who to call if you get injured in a car accident!

If you are involved in a car crash over Memorial Day 2021, you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. Ryan Thompson and his team of experienced Texas-based personal injury attorneys will stand up to the insurance companies and other drivers who cause harm to you or your family. Contact us for a free consultation, we don’t make a dime until we win your case! 

Memorial Day Weekend Driving Tips

We all know how dangerous Texas roadways become during heavy drinking holidays such as Memorial Day weekend. That’s why we put together this shortlist of Memorial Day weekend driving tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe on the road during Memorial Day weekend 2021! 

Some of these tips may be obvious but they are all just as important as ever. These tips aren’t confined to driving during memorial day 2021, it is always a good idea to follow these practices even when driving under normal circumstances!

Here are Thompson Law’s Memorial Day weekend driving tips:

  • Avoid Distracted Driving: Whether it be adjusting your radio, texting, receiving calls, adjusting your seat, doing your makeup, or scrolling social media behind the wheel, people are more distracted than ever behind the wheel. You can reduce your distractions simply by leaving your phone in your glove box while you drive. Whoever is texting you will understand that you were behind the wheel. They’d rather you not crash in an attempt to get back to them more quickly!
  • Do NOT Drive Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol: It is never a good idea to get behind the wheel if you’re impaired. Even if you feel like you’re okay to get behind the wheel, your perception is skewed at that moment and your inhibitions are lowered due to being intoxicated. Planning ahead to make arrangements for a ride home or a place to crash can circumvent the desire to drink and drive.
  • Keep a Reasonable Distance Between Yourself and the Car In Front of You: Giving yourself a proper amount of space to come to a full stop and be able to react if traffic slows down is the only way to buffer yourself from the potential of rear-ending another driver.
  • Travel During the Mornings and Avoid Being on Texas Roadways in the Evening: Traveling earlier in the day reduces your chances of being on the road with a large number of drivers who are intoxicated. It is especially important during Memorial Day weekend 2021 to hedge your bets and drive during times when you know the roads will be less chaotic and dangerous.
  • Find a Friend or Family Member Who You Can Rely on to Be Your Designated Driver: If you have a friend or family member who offers to be your designated driver, take them up on that offer! There is nothing like having someone wrangle you and your friends at the end of the night to drive you home and babysit you. If you have friends who are willing to be your DD, keep them close! 
  • Take a Cab, Public Transit, or an Uber or Lyft: If you aren’t able to arrange a ride home with a sober friend or family member there are many options to get home without having to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcohol. An Uber is cheaper than a DUI!

Memorial Day Death Statistics

According to Injury Facts (a website created by the National Safety Council for creating reports on national injury statistics), there were 3,417 deaths on US Roads in May of 2019 (the most recent year that data is available for). The National Center for Health Statistics also stated that there were 453 fatalities on US roads during the “Memorial Day period” (defined as the period one week prior to and one week after Memorial Day).

What To Do if You Are Involved In a Crash During Memorial Day Weekend 2021?

If you’ve been hit and injured by a drunk driver over Memorial Day weekend 2021, you need legal representation. Thompson Law doesn’t charge a dime until we win your case! Call us at (844) 308-8180 for your FREE consultation and see why we consistently come through for our clients.

Ryan Thompson has been ranked in the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers and is a Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. At Thompson Law, we pride ourselves on our client-first approach allowing us to deliver results while taking a personalized approach to your case. We treat our clients like family because we are a family-run business.

Stay safe this Memorial Day weekend and be sure to call Thompson Law if you are injured in an accident.

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