Labor Day is a time when families get together and celebrate. Many have cookouts and enjoy an afternoon together. The day is also one that tends to lead to crashes because of DUIs and other issues.
It’s unfortunate, but in 2020, the Labor Day weekend was more deadly than in 2019. According to a news report from the weekend, 13 people were killed in car crashes over the Labor Day Weekend in Missouri.
The tracked time for the report was from 6 p.m. on Sept. 4 through midnight on Sept. 7. There were a total of 124 people injured and 274 crashes. On top of these, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 145 arrests for driving while intoxicated. The authorities also reported that another 89 arrests were made over drug offenses.
How much worse was 2020 compared to 2019?
In 2019, there were nine people who died in Labor Day crashes. Overall, there were 284 collisions that year. So, the number of crashes was actually down in 2020, but the crashes that did happen involved some that were more severe.
Labor Day is one of the most dangerous days of the year for drivers. There are a few reasons for this. One reason is that Labor Day festivities often include drinking alcohol. Another reason is that people often travel to spend time with friends and family, so there are more people on the roads.
What should you do if you were involved in a crash over Labor Day weekend?
If you were involved in a crash, hopefully you’ve already gone to seek medical attention. It’s important for you to keep information about the crash on hand. Keep witness information, the police report, your medical discharge papers (if you’ve been discharged) or medical paperwork for your attorney.
After a serious crash, it’s typically a good idea to talk to your attorney about negotiating with the other party’s insurance for coverage. Crashes can be caused by many things, from distractions to drinking and driving, but the results are the same. You’re a victim, and you have injuries that you now have to live with. It should be the other driver’s responsibility to cover your losses as you focus on recovering from everything that you’ve been through.