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Memorial Day weekend brings caution warning if traveling

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend fast approaching, many Ohio residents are gearing up to hit the road and kick off their summer. It is very important that people who plan to travel during the weekend do so with caution. The National Safety Council is urging people to be careful if they plan to travel on the roadways this weekend as the number of fatalities is expected to be the highest since 2009.

According to the NSC, an estimated 439 deaths are expected to happen in traffic accidents occurring over the holiday weekend. This would be the highest number since 2009 when 462 people lost their lives during the same period.

The NSC reports that traffic fatality rates have been increasing nationwide. From 2014 to 2015, the number of fatalities rose by 8 percent. The agency says it believes multiple factors are contributing to the increased deaths, including lower unemployment rates and lower gas prices allowing many more people to travel. The summer months are generally the worst for traffic accidents as well. In 2014, for instance, nearly 9,600 people people died between May 24 and Aug. 31. The NSC points out that problem driving behaviors, such as drunk driving and speeding, are more common during the warmer months.

A person who is injured in a car crash because of the reckless or negligent acts of another driver may be left facing mounting medical expenses and many other losses. Injured victims may want to consult with a personal injury attorney about the recovery rights they might have in their cases and whether the filing of a lawsuit may be an appropriate course of action.

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