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One of the travel holidays with a bad reputation has arrived: Labor Day is next Monday. We can expect to see a lot of extra traffic on the roads over several days, as many people take advantage of this traditional last weekend of summer to head to the beach, the mountains, or anywhere in between.
The good news is that this holiday period has become a lot safer in recent years. The bad news is that it’s still dangerous.
More than twenty years of US Department of Transportation data for holiday traffic fatalities found that Labor Day (the specific day, not the whole weekend) was the second most dangerous day for motor vehicle occupants, second only to Thanksgiving.
From 1982 to 2008, an average of 544 motorists died in crashes on Labor Day each year, and alcohol was involved in nearly half of those deaths.
In recent years, the Labor Day picture has changed quite a bit. AAA, which used to issue an annual travel forecast for Labor Day, stopped doing so in 2015. Since then, it’s focused only on what that organization has found to be the top three most dangerous driving days: Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Thanksgiving.
AAA releases travel volume predictions for those long weekends, as well as numbers for the end-of-year holiday travel period that includes Christmas and New Year’s Day.
But Labor Day has slipped off its radar. According to some, it’s “the least-traveled holiday period of the year.” That might not be the whole story, though. It’s worth pointing out that some information suggests that Labor Day is more dangerous when it’s earlier in the month. This year, it’s on the fourth, which would put it in the middle, as far as Labor Day risk goes.
In Michigan, Labor Day is the worst of the major holidays for traffic deaths on average, beating the national big three. Holiday traffic fatalities have been heading downward for all major holidays in the state, which is hard to explain since roadway deaths overall have been climbing.
We can only hope that all drivers remember that they’re at risk every time they get behind the wheel. You can’t control the actions of others, but you should do what you can to keep yourself safe.
Crashes happen every day, whether or not it’s a holiday or other high-risk time. When you’ve been the victim of a car crash, it’s important to have the right help on your side. David Christensen Law is an experienced Detroit car accident law firm that can help you understand the ins and outs of your case.
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