There are numerous ways to decrease your risks on the roads this year, from driving slower to avoiding distractions. However, there's one thing you may have trouble changing: when you're driving. Specifically, you're at a higher risk if you're traveling on holidays, something that is incredibly common.
Most holidays tend to show a spike in risk. Some reports have indicated that the most fatalities happen on the Fourth of July. There were 144 on average in one report, and roughly 10 percent were teen drivers.
But it's not just the summer holidays that cause problems. Reports show that the most traveling that is done for a holiday is around Thanksgiving. With more cars on the road comes a greater risk of an accident.
Holidays can also increase instances of drunk driving. The period with the highest DUI arrest totals starts on the weekend before Thanksgiving, runs through Christmas and does not end until New Year's weekend. The most popular night of the year for bars is the day before Thanksgiving, sometimes known as Black Wednesday. Naturally, New Year's Eve -- and the early morning hours of New Year's Day -- also see high traffic at local bars and clubs.
The holiday season is upon us, and it can be one of festivity, joy and family gatherings. Even so, the stats show that it can also be one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Holiday accidents may make you eligible for compensation if you are looking at extensive medical costs, lost wages during a time that is already rather expensive, and other damages.
Source: BAC Track, "The Most Dangerous Times on the Road," accessed Dec. 07, 2016