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Tragic Memorial Day accidents sad, but not surprising

A previous post on this blog talked about how California experienced a rash of fatal motor vehicle accidents over the recent Memorial Day holiday.

According to statistics, while this was as always a sad result, it is not surprising. When it comes to holiday weekends and serious car accidents, Memorial Day ranks as the deadliest. On average, there are 312 fatal accidents on the road each Memorial Day weekend.

What may be of interest to our readers is that the second deadliest holiday weekend falls on and before Labor Day, and the deadliest city during that weekend is Los Angeles. There are on average 308 fatal accidents over the Labor Day holiday.

Incidentally, the Los Angeles area also has it rough over the Easter weekend and on the weekend following the Thanksgiving holiday. Overall, though, Easter and Thanksgiving are not nearly as bad as the weekends of the major summer holidays.

While there are a number of reasons that these holidays are not the best for motorists. One of the major issues is drunk driving. Over Memorial Day, for instance, over 40% of all accidents involve at least one legally intoxicated driver. Over a regular weekend, under 30% of all accidents involve drunk driving.

No matter the cause, a serious accident over the holidays, or any weekend for that matter, can end with a person dead or permanently disabled. Even setting aside the emotional pain of such a situation, the financial loss to accident victims and their families is enormous.

In addition to massive medical bills and other expenses, a family may have to come up with another means of providing income for themselves if their loved one died or is unable to work. Victims and their families can and should be able to hold those who are responsible for their losses accountable.

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