Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and the beginning of the summer travel season.


Before COVID-19 gripped the world and halted travel, Memorial Day Weekend usually marked one of the busiest travel days, particularly when it came to road trips.

For Americans across the country, Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and the beginning of the summer travel season.

If you follow our Swartz & Swartz, P.C. blog, you’ll know that at the beginning of the pandemic, car travel significantly dropped well underway across most states, it’s reasonable to expect the 2021 Memorial Day Weekend to look more like it used to – busy roads and highways – especially with domestic travel being on of the only travel options in the world.

While it’s still early to find official traffic projections and advisories for this year’s Memorial Day Weekend, our team of attorneys at Swartz & Swartz, P.C. wanted to give you and your families a headstart on what to expect if you’re planning on hitting the road at the end of May.

Looking back at 2019 Memorial Day Weekend traffic advisories from AAA and MassDOT Blog (the Official Blog of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation), nearly 37.6-million Americans were expected to the road, an increase of 3.5% from 2018. Knowing that people are sick of being stuck at home and that many stay-at-home orders have been lifted, there’s reason to believe Memorial Day Weekend 2021 will follow previous traffic trends.

Nearly 37.6 million Americans were expected to be on the road in May of 2019 for Memorial Day Weekend.

So, what are these past traffic trends? Unfortunately, more accidents and fatalities. In fact, according to ValuePenginuin, traffic accident deaths are four times more likely to occur over Memorial Weekend than a regular weekend. Looking at data between 2011-2015, the research and analysis firm estimates that there are 312 fatal accidents every year during Memorial Day weekend. Furthermore, 40% of all accidents happened during this three-day weekend involve a drunk driver. To make matters worse, a 2021 study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads suggests that more drivers run stoplights during Memorial Day Weekend.

While these facts are figures are justifiably alarming, it’s important that you know the risks before you hit the road. In concert with reputable insurance providers, like AAA, our attorneys at Swartz & Swartz, P.C. want to encourage all Memorial Day drivres to get their checked out by their auto repair shop and make sure your car’s emergency kit is fully equipped. According to AAA, this should included, “…a flashlight and extra fresh batteries, first-aid supplies, drinking water, non-perishable snacks for people and pets, car battery booster cavbles, emergency flares or reflectorsr, a rain poncho, a basic tool kit, duct tape, gloves and shop rags or paper towels.”

As we get closer to the end of May, make sure you keep an eye out for traffic projects from AAA – they will provide information for 2021. MassDOT blog will provide local information, like times to avoid travelling and which roads and highways are expected to be jammed.

Armed with this information, our team at Swartz & Swartz, P.C., hopes that you and your families in the Boston area travel safetly this Memorial Day Weekend. In the unfortunate event of an at-fault accident, give us a call at 617.742.1900. Our experienced attorneys will work you to get the compensation and justice you deserve. Until next time, drive safe.

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James Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.



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