Thirty-Eight Million Americans Expected to Travel on Memorial Day Weekend
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on May 27, 2016 in Auto Accidents
AAA is estimating that 38 million people will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend; it is the second highest Memorial Day travel estimated since 2005.
Likely brought on by low gas prices, about 700,000 more people will travel this year compared to last. AAA estimates that Americans have saved more than $15 billion in gas this year compared to the same period last year. The holiday travel period began on Thursday, May 26 and ends Monday, May 29.
The majority of holiday travelers will be hitting the open road with an estimated 34 million people driving to their destination. About 2.6 million Americans are expected to fly out and another 1.6 million are expected to take buses, trains or cruises to their destination of choice.
With such a large projection of travelers, AAA also expects to have to rescue more than 350,000 stranded motorists this year. Furthermore, the company will also have its Tipsy Tow services available.
AAA Arizona will be offering their safe ride program which will allow anyone, from drivers to party hosts, to call for free towing services. Tipsy Tow will tow the impaired driver's vehicle free of charge for up to 10 miles. The service is offered between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and will be available on Monday, May 30 through Tuesday, May 31.
A high volume of DUI arrests and alcohol-related accidents occur during holiday weekends. In 2014, seven fatal accidents were reported during the Memorial Day weekend; four of those were alcohol-related.
The car accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group encourage everyone to drive safely this holiday weekend and never get behind the wheel while intoxicated. If you are injured during a holiday weekend crash caused by a careless or intoxicated driver, contact our law firm. We can review your case for free and determine if you are entitled to file a claim for compensation.