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Safe Driving Tips for Memorial Day in New Mexico

Top Advice from Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer on Safe Driving Tips for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to mark the sacrifices made by the intrepid heroes that gave us the freedoms we enjoy today.  We mark this saddened day in somber reflection of the brave men and women who gave everything for our country, while simultaneously celebrating their lives, sacrifice, and dedication to us and our country.  While this day of mourning and reflexion is supposed to commiserate their sacrifice, many do take Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer.  With this year’s COVID-19 restrictions easing at the same time, many people are traveling farther distances than they have in over a year.  This prompts our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer to issue some safe driving tips for Memorial Day in New Mexico.

This is because, while the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. pays its reverence to all of the fallen soldiers who gave everything for us, our experienced auto accident lawyer in Albuquerque, NM also knows that it is a dangerous driving holiday.  According to auto insurance statistics, Memorial Day is second to only Independence Day with approximately 1,344 total fatal crashes over a three-year span—only 5 behind Independence Day.  Another resource cites Memorial Day to be the deadliest holiday with an average of 312 fatalities each year, 5 more than Independence Day.  

Given this information, our law firm wants to share some of the most important and top advice for safe driving tips for Memorial Day in New Mexico.  This includes some of the following top tips:

Safe Driving Tips for Memorial Day

1) Drive Sober

Memorial Day is supposed to be a somber holiday.  For many families, especially military families, it usually is.  Memorial Day is marked with BBQs and libations, marking the sacrifices of heroes but also celebrating their lives.  The worst thing someone can do is celebrate too much and become intoxicated than get behind the wheel of a vehicle.  Police know how dangerous it can be on Memorial Day and particularly patrol looking for signs of drunk and intoxicated drivers.  Do not drive if you are impaired, or even if you think you may be impaired.  Have a designated driver and use Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing apps to help you get around safely.

2) Drive Defensively: Pretend Everyone Else on the Road is Drunk

While you need to not drive intoxicated, you need to also make sure to pretend everyone else on the road is drunk by driving very defensively.  That means assuming no one will stop at a red light or stop sign, checking everyone to make sure they yield, and ensuring that you take every precaution necessary to protect your family while operating a motor vehicle.  Do not take any driver for granted, and go slow, drive defensively, and pretend every other vehicle is an immediate hazard on the roadway.

3) Take Roads You Are Familiar With

Most accidents happen on unfamiliar roads, especially when they are congested, fast-moving, or at night.  All of these risks are here on Memorial Day where most people come back late at night.  Make it easier for yourself and take local roads or roads you are more familiar with while avoiding traffic and fast-moving roads if you can.

4) Check and Inspect Your Vehicle Before Going

Even if you are traveling short distances, make sure to inspect your vehicle before driving on Memorial Day. This is because mechanical defects like a damaged tire, failing brakes, or steering column issues can result in a New Mexico car accident.

5) No Distracted Driving 

Do not drive while operating a cell phone, radio, or GPS device. Distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States, including in New Mexico. Make sure to set your GPS before you start driving, and text everyone you need to before you leave or take a rest stop to send a reply to text messages. Although it is legal to talk on the cell phone while driving a car while using a Bluetooth device, this is still a type of distraction that you should minimize or avoid, especially on congested roadways or on fast-moving roads.

Call The Caruso Law Offices, P.C. For Help and Share These Safe Driving Tips for Memorial Day

We hope these safe driving tips for Memorial Day helps you.  If you or a loved one were involved in any type of motor vehicle accident on Memorial Day or any other day of the year, ask our experience car accident lawyers in Albuquerque, New Mexico for help. We offer free consultations and only get paid after we recover compensation for you in a settlement of court award. Learn more how we can help you and your family recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any other damages related to your motor vehicle accident.

Learn how we can help you by dialing (505) 883-5000 for your consultation.  We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico.  Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.