Don’t look now Arizonans, but June is just over a week away and with it, the intense Arizona summer. It is probably safe to say that this Spring has been quite a bit different than most expected. However, we, at Torgenson Law, hope that all of you have been able to safely enjoy some time with your friends and family over the past couple months.
With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, we feel it is our obligation, as your Arizona Injury Lawyers, to remind you to be extra cautious while driving this weekend. It is no secret that Memorial Day Weekend is one of the most deadly and dangerous weekends in the United States each year. Much like the 4th of July, motor vehicle crashes, personal injuries, and drunk driving tend to spike during Memorial Day Weekend. While Memorial Day travel and festivities will undoubtedly be limited due to COVID-19 this year, we must all do our part to promote the safety of our fellow Arizona residents and visitors.
As with any three-day weekend (even under current circumstances), there will of course be increased traffic, recreational activity, barbeques, and more than likely a few adult beverages sprinkled in. Not to mention, many high school and college students went through virtual graduation during recent weeks, so graduation celebrations might follow. Accordingly, we want to ensure that everyone is able to safely enjoy the long weekend with his or her friends and families without incident.
For one, ALWAYS use a designated driver. Again, three-day weekends are for relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Knowing that you and your loved ones will have safe transportation options will not only promote safety, but it will help you to better enjoy a stress free weekend.
Still, if you are driving this weekend, it is important to take extra precautions. While you are in control of your own actions, there will surely be others on the highways that drive drunk or engage in other reckless behavior. In addition, increased travel plans for Arizona residents statewide will mean heavier traffic. Accordingly, wear your seatbelts at all times, look both ways before proceeding into an intersection, use your turn signals, and generally be cautious of your fellow drivers.
Finally, it likely goes without saying that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. As Arizona slowly reopens, it remains crucial that we are careful with how we spend our time in order to slow and ultimately stop the spread of this virus. So, if you do plan on spending time away from home this weekend, remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines and generally make smart decisions to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.
Whether you are celebrating a recent ASU graduation, having a family barbeque, or out boating on Lake Pleasant, we want everyone to enjoy themselves this Memorial Day Weekend. To do that, we all need to look out for one another. However, if something happens, and you or a loved one suffers personal injuries, we, at Torgenson Law are here for you. Be safe and have a fun Memorial Day weekend and call (602) 726-0747 for a free consultation if you have a potential personal injury claim.