The National Safety Council predicts that this upcoming Labor Day weekend will be the deadliest since 2008. Relying on data that shows an increasing trend in fatal motor vehicle accidents – up 9% from this same time last year – the NSC estimates 438 people will die in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents between September 2nd and 5th. This is the highest number since 2008 – a year the NSC predicted 439 deaths, just shy of actual number of 473.
What is the biggest factor behind the increase in serious and fatal car accidents? Distraction. According to the CDC, an average of eight people die and an additional 1,161 are injured every day in accidents caused by distraction – and texting is only a small part of the problem. Any use of electronics while driving – including the much lauded “hands-free” options – places everyone on the road at increased risk for injury or death. Every phone call. Every “LOL.” Every glance down to change a song or radio station. Every single time eyes and attention are removed from the road for a device, everyone is at risk. And when you are injured by a driver who feels their immediate electronic desires are more important than your safety, you are entitled to hold them accountable and seek compensation well in excess of whatever their insurance company thinks your injuries are worth.
You can do your part by turning off your cellphone when you drive. You cannot make others act as responsibly. If you are injured this upcoming Labor Day weekend or at any other time by a distracted driver, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine online or by calling (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights. We have offices in Bakersfield and Manhattan Beach to better serve all of California.