Labor Day weekend car fatalities estimated at highest since 2008

An estimated 421 people may be killed and another 48,400 may be seriously injured in nationwide car crashes during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the highest estimate by the National Safety Council since 2008.

This weekend’s fatality estimate also runs about 11% higher than the average of 378 calculated for Labor Day weekend over the past six years.

The figures are in addition to the some 400 fatalities that the NSC—an over 100-year-old lobbying and advocacy group originally chartered by Congress—estimated for the Memorial Day holiday weekend at summer’s start. The somber statistics bookend what NSC and travel lobby and service membership club AAA consider to be “the 100 deadliest days of driving.

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