Increase in Memorial Day Traffic Deaths May Indicate a Dangerous Summer Ahead
Memorial Day traffic was heavier this year than it has been in half a decade, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Based on incoming data about traffic accidents, deaths, and injuries, researchers are predicting that this summer will see more car accident deaths and injuries than previous years.
Already, experienced Texas car accident lawyers at Williams & Brown LLP are watching the news carefully. A recent Fox 6 news report announced that there have been seven confirmed traffic deaths in the state over the Memorial Day holiday. Law enforcement officials are still tallying the number of injuries caused by holiday crashes.
Why is the summer of 2015 predicted to be so dangerous on U.S. roads? Researchers point to several possible causes. First, after rough winters in the Midwest and Northeast, and with flooding and storms currently hitting the Houston area, many families are seeking to “get away” for a while and enjoy better weather in another locale.
Next, lower gas prices than in previous years make it possible for families seeking vacation getaways and better weather to choose driving as a cost-effective travel option. Gas prices over the recent Memorial Day weekend averaged $2.74 per gallon nationwide – a savings of over $1.00 per gallon as compared to Memorial Day 2014, when nationwide gas prices averaged $3.77 per gallon.
Texas families don’t have to skip driving this summer. But you can reduce your risk of an accident by keeping your vehicle in good repair, getting plenty of rest before you drive, eliminating distractions like cell phones, and making sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up.
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