Many people look forward to vacation weekends to meet up with friends and family. Unfortunately, when more cars are on the road, car accidents and road deaths increase, combined with alcohol consumption on vacation. During this time of Memorial Day *, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 415 people could die on US roads. In addition, they estimate that 47,300 people will seek medical attention due to injuries sustained in accidents over the holiday weekend.

* Remembrance Day is always celebrated on the last Monday in May, but the holiday season is a 3.25 day weekend that starts on Friday evening and lasts until Monday. In 2021, Memorial Day weekend will run from Friday, May 28, 6:00 p.m. to Monday, May 31, 11:59 p.m.

If you or a loved one is injured in a Memorial Day accident due to the reckless or negligent behavior of another driver, you are entitled to a car accident policy that covers your medical bills, property damage, disability, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the event of death, funeral expenses, loss of service and other damages can also be reimbursed.

How does the NSC calculate the risk of traveling by car during the Memorial Day holiday?

For the most accurate estimate, NSC compares the holiday in the weeks immediately before and after Memorial Day weekend with other periods of similar length. FARS death data for 1995 to 2019 for comparable weekends shows a statistically significant increase in Memorial Day weekend road deaths, with the average Memorial Day road death toll over the past six years being 14.1 percent higher than the average Traffic fatalities during the comparison periods.

How does Covid-19 affect the estimate?

While an estimated number will never be 100 percent accurate, there is a 90 percent confidence interval for estimating the number of road deaths this holiday weekend. While the estimated deaths are 415, that number is in an estimated range of 337 to 502. Analysts acknowledge that the confidence interval cannot account for changes in behavior due to the pandemic. Will there be fewer cars on the road this year than on Memorial Day weekends before the pandemic? Most likely yes.

Factors That Increase Memorial Day Weekend Death

The biggest contributing factor to more road deaths on Memorial Day weekend is a higher incidence of driving disorder.

During Memorial Day 2018 (the last available year), 37 percent of deaths were from an alcohol-disabled driver, compared with 28 percent of all road deaths in 2019.

Based on the projected number of vehicle occupants who will wear seat belts, the NSC estimates that 164 lives will be saved this Memorial Day holiday season. If everyone had worn a seat belt, another 96 lives could be saved.

How are Memorial Day traffic deaths compared to other holidays?

The NSC also compares Memorial Day holidays to other holiday periods using an average rate of deaths per day. Overall, the commemoration and summer holidays (Independence Day and Labor Day) have a higher average death rate per day compared to the autumn and winter holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year).


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