Memorial Day Weekend is a time when many Maryland residents hit the road and travel. It is also a time that is celebrated with barbeques and parties that may or may not involve alcohol consumption. The result is many auto accidents occurring on Maryland roads, mainly due to intoxicated drivers. Read on to discover some Memorial Day Weekend auto accident statistics and how a seasoned St. Mary’s County auto accident lawyer at Dorsey Law Firm can help you navigate this.
What are some Memorial Day Weekend auto accident statistics?
Generally speaking, Memorial Day Weekend has the highest average fatal auto accident rate compared to other holiday weekends. Without further ado, below are some auto accident statistics from these past holiday weekends:
- According to the National Safety Council (NSC), each year there are approximately 470 fatal auto accidents on United States roads during Memorial Day Weekend.
- According to the NSC, each year approximately 40 percent of these fatal auto accidents on United States roads during Memorial Day Weekend are a result of intoxicated driving.
- According to the NSC, each year there are approximately 53,000 nonfatal medically consulted injuries that result from auto accidents on United States roads during Memorial Day Weekend.
What should I do if I was involved in an accident this weekend?
It may be devastating if you were made a victim of an auto accident this Memorial Day Weekend, and if you incurred serious injuries and damages as a result. This is especially worse if you were making a conscious effort to stay safe this weekend, but ultimately encountered an intoxicated driver on the Maryland road.
Under these circumstances, you may be eligible to file an auto accident claim against the negligent driver. For a successful claim, you may have to present the court with the following pieces of proof:
- A copy of the accident report that was conducted by a law enforcement officer at the scene of your auto accident.
- Photos and videos of your personal injuries, your car damages, potentially hazardous conditions on the Maryland road, and the overall scene of your auto accident.
- Copies of your medical records and medical bills.
- Testimony made by your doctor that knows the extent of your injuries and the necessary treatments to heal them.
- Testimony made by your employer that knows how your injuries have complicated your ability to return to work.
- Testimonies made by loved ones that know how your injuries have complicated your day-to-day life.
- Testimonies made by witnesses that saw your auto accident play out.
- Security camera footage that shows your auto accident playing out.
It should go without saying that you must consult with a competent Leonardtown personal injury lawyer immediately. Give us a call whenever you can.