Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, which means that millions of families will be hitting the road, celebrating, and spending time with their loved ones. According to a Peoria Journal Star article, statistics from the American Automobile Association (AAA) claim that 1.8 million people are expected to travel on Illinois roadways this holiday weekend. This is an increase of 2.6% over the previous year.
Accordingly, the opportunities for the “fatal four” to rear their ugly heads will increase as well. The fatal four, as Illinois officials call them, are the four most common factors that contribute to deadly car accidents. Drinking while driving, not wearing a seat belt, breaking the speed limit, and driving while distracted comprise the fatal four. Our Illinois car accident attorneys recognize the importance of watching out for the fatal four, especially considering that Illinois has seen a noticeable rise in fatal accidents in 2012.
As such, holidays similar to Labor Day require special attention. Holidays generally are the time of year when people are traveling and drinking the most, or generally have a lot going on in their lives. These factors add up to a lot of stress, potentially poor decisions, and undesired consequences. For example, last year in Illinois nine people died in traffic accidents over Labor Day weekend. Since 2007, 62 people have died on Illinois roads over the holiday weekend, 33% of which were alcohol-related. A Lieutenant from the Peoria Police Department summed it up best when he said “Any distance is too far (to drive) if you’ve had a drink.”
These accidents can have severe emotional, financial, and legal costs associated with them, which is something our Chicago car accident attorneys know all too well. In addition to these costs, this years Labor Day weekend will see another painful cost. That cost is the ever-growing price of gasoline, which is expected to be exceptionally high this coming weekend.
Prices, generally, will be 20 cents higher per gallon over last years Labor Day weekend. An AAA spokesman in Chicago claimed that Illinois is particularly susceptible to supply disruptions due to its Midwest location. With that said, a recent pipeline disruption in Wisconsin and the approaching Hurricane Isaac have proven to be influencing factors on current gas prices.
Fortunately, there is some good news for holiday travelers. As our Chicago car accident lawyers understand it, construction area lanes will be cleared of the orange barrels in order to increase the flow of traffic. IDOT is clearing as many construction areas as possible in order to cut down on lane restrictions that often slow travel. On behalf of our Illinois car accident attorneys, we wish you a happy Labor Day weekend filled with fun times and good decisions.