Three words that can get any Ontarian excited are “August Long Weekend“!
Our personal injury law firm has seen a pattern over the past 8 years of a spike in new client calls after the long weekend in the following areas:
- Drunk Driving & Drunk Boating cases
- Fatality Claims (they happen nearly every long weekend)
- Car Accident claims related to speed
- Violent Assault claims (alcohol related)
So what happens over the long weekend that we see an increase in personal injury claims? Does everyone lose their mind or is it just bad luck? Are many of these accidents preventable? All good questions.
For starters, lots of people get excited for a summer long weekend. Why not? Fun in the sun after a long, cold Canadian winter. It’s perfectly reasonable to get excited.
Lots of people travel over the long weekend. They get out of town and go visit friends, go to a cottage, go camping etc. That means more people on the roads with places to go and destinations in mind. And those people travelling on the road want to arrive at their respective destinations as soon as possible so their long weekend can begin. For most, the long weekend doesn’t officially begin until you’ve arrived at your destination.
This means a greater likelihood of speeding. We all know that speeding increased the chance of car accidents, and car accidents at higher speeds normally equate to more severe damages and injuries. That’s not to say that car accidents at lower speeds cannot result in serious damages or serious injuries either.