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Estimates indicate that more than 2 million residents of Southern California will drive to different destinations for Labor Day Weekend. Nearly 300,000 people are expected to visit San Diego County beaches alone. This is the holiday that marks the unofficial end of the summer season, and people tend to take advantage of the extra day off. While these trips tend to offer people an opportunity to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, it’s also a travel weekend that carries a lot of risk. The federal government has just released statistics regarding fatal car accidents from 2015, and the news is not good when looking at how the most recent data compare to previous years. Below is a breakdown of that data and some ideas to consider so that everyone can be as safe as possible while traveling over the holiday weekend.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, recently released the final statistics relating to motor vehicle accidents for 2015. Traffic fatalities had generally declined every year for the previous 50 years until 2015. This is the largest percentage increase during this timeframe. The decades-long trend has been broken, and people need to be aware of this development. The NHTSA report also released the following data:
The number of miles driven rose by 3.5 percent in 2015 as compared to 2014. However, the fatality rate per 100 million miles driven was also higher in 2015 than in 2014. This specific statistic indicates that fatal car accidents were more common last year than the year before with all factors considered. Those interested can find a link to the full report here.
Given this information, travelers should do whatever is necessary to minimize the dangers that they face as they hit the roads this weekend. First and foremost, motorists should control what they can, meaning that they should eliminate:
The San Diego car accident lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys hope that everyone who will be traveling somewhere else this weekend does so safely and responsibly. Unfortunately, prior years indicate that negligent and reckless drivers will inflict harm on others before the holiday is over. If this happens to you or someone else, please contact Gomez Trial Attorneys as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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