Memorial Day Causes Spike In Crashes Around Southern California

Is there a more iconic beginning to summer in Southern California than Memorial Day Weekend? Every year, millions hit the freeways heading to beaches, bars, or BBQ's. Usually the weather is great, the extra day off is appreciated, and everyone enjoys their holiday. But each year on Memorial Day weekend, an unintended consequence of the revelry occurs: a huge spike in car accidents.

Last year, Memorial Day weekend saw almost 3,000 serious car crashes in the counties of Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, and San Bernardino alone. According to the CHP, over 1,800 people were hurt, and 20 people tragically lost their lives. Excessive speeding, inattentiveness and driving under the influence were the primary factors, and the increased traffic over the holiday led to a very bad weekend for SoCal drivers.

There are basic steps you can take to protect yourself and your family on the roads this weekend: drive the speed limit, never drive under the influence, and pay attention. But even the best drivers can be involved in a crash due to the drivers around them, and preparing yourself for what to do after an accident is important. Understanding what to do can help you stay calm and help protect your rights if you end up filing a claim or lawsuit.

Here is a list of what steps to take after a car crash:

  1. Checks to make sure everyone is ok and call for emergency medical attention if necessary.
  2. Call and report the accident to the police.
  3. Do not leave the scene of the crash.
  4. Exchange information with all drivers and get information from any witnesses.
  5. Take pictures of damage to your vehicle and the scene of the accident.
  6. Document your injuries and medical treatment. This will help when you file a claim.
  7. Report the accident to your insurance company, but do not sign any settlement until you have talked to an attorney.
  8. Talk to a lawyer. We will protect your rights and make sure you are being treated fairly by the insurance company. We will also make sure all options are explored to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Every accident claim is unique to your specific situation and the details of the accident. We will carefully evaluate all factors to determine liability, and what actions to take to best protect your future.