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What Are the 5 Most Common Causes of Labor Day Injuries?

While Labor Day presents ample opportunities for families and loved ones to spend time together, this holiday can also lead to an increase in injuries. With many drunk commuters, outdoor BBQs, and lots of fireworks, accidents are a common occurrence over this holiday weekend.

These are a few of the most common causes of injuries over Labor Day weekend:

Auto Crashes

According to the NSC, an estimated 44,400 injuries that require medical care will occur from accidents during Labor Day weekend. Many of these accidents are due to car crashes. The increase in the number of car accidents on holiday weekends can be attributed to drunk driving as one of the leading causes. Other contributing factors include navigating unfamiliar roads, distractions while driving, and fatigue. 

Alcohol Abuse

Drinking with family and friends is a popular way to celebrate holiday weekends. But, an increase in alcohol consumption can lead to conflict and physical fights. Always be aware of how much you have consumed and know when to limit your intake. Encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same.

Pedestrian Accidents

With an increase in the occurrence of drunk driving and the number of drivers using the road, more pedestrians are at risk of accidents during the Labor Day weekend. The best way for drivers to avoid getting in a pedestrian accident is to stay sober while ignoring any distractions. Consider using roads with less traffic and stick to the sidewalk. If you plan to walk at night, don’t forget to carry a flashlight and wear brightly colored clothes, so drivers can see you clearly.

Exploding Fireworks

Labor Day weekend injuries also result from fireworks. These injuries can be very serious. Stick to fireworks that are legal and ensure that all children are within a safe distance from them. Always read the instructions and know what to expect when lighting off large fireworks. If possible, attend city-sponsored fireworks.


Outdoor cooking is another activity that many look forward to over Labor Day. But, user error and defective equipment can lead to injuries. Make sure your cooking equipment comes from a reputable manufacturer and always read the owner’s manual before using it. Allow someone with experience to operate the equipment and keep small children away from the grille.

Stay Safe Over Holiday Weekends

Keep in mind, many of these dangers are present over most holiday weekends. Holidays encourage more travelers and mingling of friends and family, which increases the risk of common accidents. The best way to guarantee a safe Labor Day holiday is to be aware of these dangers. Then, make sure you are taking the appropriate steps to ensure you and your family are safe.  

If you do suffer a Labor Day injury, you might consider getting in touch with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer. If someone’s negligence or poor product design is responsible for your injuries, then your personal injury attorney can help you determine fault and fight to get you the best settlement possible.

Contact a Mercer County Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Holiday Weekend Accident Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries over the holiday weekend in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Birkhold & Maider, LLC represent clients injured because of weekend accidents in Essex County, Hudson County, Mercer County, Union County, and throughout New Jersey. Call 973-784-8583 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 189 Franklin Avenue, Suite 1, Nutley, NJ 07110, as well as an office in Hamilton, NJ.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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