When you think of times of the year when driving is particularly dangerous, your mind might jump to holidays typically associated with heaving drinking–and consequently, drunk driving–such as St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s. Or you may think of times of the year when inclement weather makes for treacherous driving–such as the winter or hurricane season.
In actuality, the deadliest days of the year to be on the road don’t coincide with any of these events. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently completed a five-year study of car wreck fatalities across the U.S. and analyzed their statistics by date. Five days emerged as regularly yielding the highest death rates on the road. The results may not be what you’d expect.
First, the IIHS found that the warm summer months see an overall spike in motor vehicle fatalities. Many people go on vacation during this time of year. They’re happier and more relaxed–and this unfortunately leads to higher rates of distraction on the road and increased crashes. In particular, August 2, July 4 and May 3 are three of the deadliest days to be on the road.
The two other deadliest days for drivers occur on October 25 and November 1. Researchers found that year after year, these dates consistently see a surge on driver fatalities–although they did not posit a reason for this trend.
You can’t control the level of attention other drivers are paying on the road. However, driving defensively and remaining alert can help you evade a calamitous situation–even in the face of others’ careless driving.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to someone else’s reckless driving, you may be suffering from physical and psychological trauma–in addition to vehicle damage. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you claim the full compensation you deserve.