Driving can be dangerous for motorists in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hill and Guthrie when a higher-than-normal number of motorists are on the roads. This is especially true when there is an increased likelihood that motorists are impaired. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows there are certain days of the year when the auto accident rates rise significantly because more people are driving and more intoxicated motorists are on the road. Yahoo News recently reported on the 10 most dangerous days on the road, one of which (Memorial Day) occurs in May.
What are the Worst Days to be On the Road?
The worst days to be on the road include:
- Memorial Day. Over Memorial Day weekend, an estimated 400 people die in motor vehicle accidents annually. There are around 13.1 percent more motor vehicle fatalities on Memorial Day compared with other days of the year. Alcohol is involved in around 44 percent of the fatal collisions.
- The beginning of daylight savings. On the first Monday after daylight savings, there is a 17 percent increase in traffic fatalities. Over 10 years, a total of 302 lives were lost and $2.75 billion in money was lost due to increased motor vehicle accidents during the first six days of daylight savings.
- Black Friday. One study showed double the number of car insurance claims for accidents on the Friday following Thanksgiving. With 60 to 70 million people hitting the malls, it is no surprise there is a 36 percent increase in car accident claims in parking lots.
- Football game days. Around the stadiums where NFL games are taking place, studies have shown between an 8.2 percent and a 79.7 percent increase in collision on game days.
- Friday the 13th. Studies have demonstrated a 13 percent increase in motor vehicle collisions on Friday the 13th compared with other days, regardless of what season Friday the 13th falls in.
- January 1. New Years Day is actually more deadly than New Years Eve. This day holds the annual record for the highest number of deaths in alcohol-related car accidents.
- July 4. From 2000 to 2013, July 4 was the deadliest day on the roads. Around 42 percent of July 4 collisions involve a drunk driving.
- Thanksgiving means both an increased number of traveling drivers (more than 46 million people go 50 Miles or more from home) and an increased number of impaired drivers.
- There are 27 percent more collisions in the six days around the Christmas holiday than there are on New Year’s Eve. The higher crash rates are due to increased travel and more impaired drivers on the roads than normal.
- Patrick’s Day. There were 276 deaths on St. Patrick’s Day between 2009 and 2013. A total of two of every five St. Patrick’s Day collisions involve an impaired motorist.
Motorists this May need to be aware of the added risk of being out on Memorial Day. Drivers need to be extra vigilant on these dangerous days, but should of course be careful whenever they are in the car because there may always be dangerous drivers on the roads.