South Florida car accidents, boating accidents, a danger through Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is a dangerous time for South Florida car accidents. While we all hear about the dangers of driving on New Year’s Eve, serious and fatal year-end holiday accidents have been mitigated in recent years by heavy enforcement and public service announcements.

In Florida, Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday of the year, with 39 fatal accidents reported in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But the trio of dangerous summer holidays — Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day — begins this weekend and authorities are urging motorists to stay safe and drive responsibly.

Authorities on the West Coast are aiming to reduce Fort Myers car accidents with a series of sobriety checkpoints, according to The News-Press.

Drunk driving accidents are a leading cause of Florida traffic fatalities; a total of 1,048 of the state’s 2,978 fatal traffic crashes involved a drunk driver in 2008.

It’s also National Boating Safety Week and authorities are urging boaters to review safe boating habits as the summer boating season begins in earnest. As we reported recently on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, South Florida is the boating capital of the nation. Unfortunately, that means more boating accidents occur here than anywhere in America. In 2008, a total of 55 people were killed and 271 seriously injured in 616 Florida boating accidents.

Florida Holiday Traffic Fatalities in 2008:

New Year’s: 15

Memorial Day: 29

Fourth of July: 30

Labor Day: 29

Thanksgiving: 39

Christmas: 32

Nationwide Holiday Traffic Fatalities:

New Year’s: 141

Memorial Day: 370

Fourth of July: 437

Labor Day: 423

Thanksgiving: 439

Christmas: 364