You may have been looking forward to the plans you had this Memorial Day Weekend. You may have even made a conscious effort to stay safe. This is why it is disappointing, and more so unacceptable, if this is all spoiled by being involved in an auto accident. Follow along to find out how Memorial Day accidents are commonly caused and how one of the proficient Panama City auto accident attorneys at Manuel & Thompson, PA can help you through this difficult time.
How are Memorial Day Weekend auto accidents commonly caused?
Typically, Memorial Day Weekend is centered around barbeques and other festivities that involve alcohol consumption. It is an unfortunate truth that, even in a time when ride-sharing services are readily available, drivers still choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
According to the National Safety Council, each year there are an estimated 470 fatal auto accidents during Memorial Day Weekend. With this, an estimated 40 percent of fatalities are due to auto accidents that involve an intoxicated driver.
In addition to drunk driving, Memorial Day Weekend auto accidents are commonly caused by the following:
- A driver makes an illegal maneuver while on a Florida road.
- A driver fails to check blind spots while on a Florida highway.
- A driver runs through a red light or stop sign.
- A driver speeds well above the enforced speed limit.
- A driver uses their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
- A driver becomes distracted by rowdy passengers while operating a motor vehicle.
- A driver operates a motor vehicle while severely drowsy or fatigued.
Should I bring a claim forward?
You should, without a doubt, bring a personal injury claim forward if you were involved in a Memorial Day Weekend auto accident that was due to no fault of your own. This is especially the case if your accident has left you in any sort of physical, emotional, or financial distress. A successful case may allow you to recover from your extensive medical bills, hefty car repair bills, long-term lost wages, and any other economic and non-economic damage.
Understandably so, you may be so shaken up after your accident that you require some time to feel grounded once more. But you cannot take too much time before bringing your auto accident claim forward. This is because the state of Florida has a statute of limitations of two years. Failure to file on time means a failure to redeem a financial award and attain justice over the negligent driver.
It should go without saying that you must consult with one of the talented Panama City personal injury attorneys immediately. Give us a call whenever you can. We look forward to it.