Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Urge Caution to Avoid Injury in a Memorial Day Car Accident


May 27, 2013

While Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer for many, it also represents the start of a hundred day period when overall auto collision rates rise.  The increase is especially sharp for teen accident collisions.  Many aspects of the Memorial Day weekend contribute to the more extensive danger of being involved in a collision resulting in life-changing injuries and fatalities.  These factors include celebrations involving alcohol, increased traffic and drivers traveling unfamiliar roads.  Because we know that the danger of being involved in a collision is much higher during this holiday weekend, we urge all of our friends, neighbors and Atlanta community members to drive cautiously and to avoid drinking and driving so that everyone enjoys a fun and safe holiday weekend.

During the three day Memorial Day weekend, an average of 161 people are killed each day in car crashes across the U.S.  Nearly forty percent of those who die in these collisions are the victims of drunk drivers.  The risk of being involved in a collision with a drunk driver during the Memorial Day weekend is highest between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. in the morning.  While sixty percent of drivers who die in crashes during these hours are legally intoxicated, the percentage is only twenty percent during other times of the day.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends avoiding the highways during these peak driving hours to reduce the risk of being involved in a traffic collision.

Another factor that plays a key role in the high number of accidents during Memorial Day weekend is fatigued and over-tired drivers.  Drivers trying to make it to family barbeques or other celebrations may push longer on the road when traveling long distances.  While the urge to push on when joining family for a Memorial Day celebration is understandable, the danger is just as real as drunken driving.  One study found that a driver who has gone 18 hours without sleep experiences a level of impairment of driving skills equivalent to a .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC).  If the driver goes a full 24 hour period without sleep, the level of driving impairment rises to an equivalent of a .10 percent BAC.

While we embrace the opportunity to meet new people from the Atlanta community, we would prefer to meet you under better circumstances than because you need to seek compensation for the serious injuries you suffered in a car accident.  We urge all Atlanta drivers to avoid distracted, intoxicated and drowsy driving this holiday weekend.  If you or someone you love is involved in a Memorial Day car accident, we are prepared to hold negligent drivers accountable and seek the maximum available compensation for our clients.

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Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to victims of auto, truck, motorcycle, bus and other vehicle accidents throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

For over 30 years, the experienced Personal Injury Lawyers from Montlick & Associates have been helping families in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. In addition to its goal of being the best personal injury law firm in Georgia, Montlick & Associates is also dedicated to giving back to the community through the firm's extensive public service programs, which have received extensive public recognition.  The firm was recently honored by the Georgia House of Representatives for its 30 years of service, with the passing of House Resolution 394, recognizing Montlick & Associates for "the outstanding accomplishments of this distinguished firm," and "for providing efficient, effective and dedicated services to the citizens of Georgia." To learn more about the firm's award-winning public service programs, please visit Montlick.com/CommunityService.

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