Are you planning a trip over the road and through the woods to Grandma’s house this holiday season? If you are, you may be wondering if there are any preparations you should make that are out of the ordinary. Most people believe that Christmas is one of the most dangerous times of year for travel but they are only partly right.
Any holiday comes with heightened risks for traveling on the road. Holidays, and the days before and after, see a greater number of vehicles on the road. That, in itself, brings a higher risk of accident. That said, Christmas isn’t the most dangerous holiday, though you still need to be careful. Here are a list of the most dangerous times of year on the road.
The number one spot is taken by Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day is unofficially known as the start of summer, and it’s the first three day weekend of the season. Many people spend the weekend on long getaways or partying with friends, celebrating the fact that another winter has come and gone.
Along with Memorial Day comes alcohol. There are more drunk drivers on the road during summer holidays than at other times of year, according to the data. If you plan on traveling during this weekend, you may want to keep your eyes open for what is happening around you.
Memorial Day’s opposite, Labor Day, is also risky for road travel. Statistics show that the last day of the weekend may be particularly dangerous thanks to a higher number of vehicles on the road as people travel back home. If you are going to be driving at any time during Labor Day Weekend, stay sober. Impaired driving is at a yearly high during this weekend, and there are an average of 308 road fatalities annually.
Statistically, Fourth of July and Labor Day are almost identical when it comes to the number of accidents on highways and roadways. There are an average of 307 fatal accidents each year. The city that sees the greatest number of accidents during this weekend is Houston.
Fourth of July is a great holiday and a good chance to unwind with friends and family. Just make sure that if you are celebrating, your party ends on a sober note if you are the one driving. Like other summer holidays, alcohol and the Fourth of July seem to be prevalent. You don’t want to end up being charged with DUI, much less causing an accident.
Easter doesn’t often make the list of most dangerous anything, but it can be a dangerous time on the road, especially when it lands before or after college spring breaks. Easter isn’t known as a holiday popular for parties or for raucous celebrations, but it can be heavy for travel if it is the end of spring break. Keep it in mind if you will be traveling over the roads next Spring.
Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone, and hopefully you and your family made it through safely. Hundreds were involved in accidents across the country, mostly due to the sheer volume of vehicles on the road. Keep that in mind as you travel next year. Alcohol isn’t as big a factor as it is on other holidays, but the more vehicles on the road, the more at risk you are.
Contrary to what you may believe, the bulk of accidents don’t occur on New Year’s Eve but on New Year’s Day. It makes sense when you think about it. Most people don’t leave the party until after they’ve toasted midnight. If you haven’t made plans for the turning of the clock this year, consider staying home with loved ones are making a night of it and booking a hotel room.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day aren’t without their share of accidents, but the holiday is last on the list of most dangerous. There are just over 200 fatalities each year, on average, making it one of the safest holidays for travel. When accidents do happen, they tend to occur between the early afternoon of Christmas Eve and the evening of Christmas day. Adjust your travel times accordingly if you wish.
If you do happen to be involved in an accident in Miami on any holiday, you have rights. If the accident was caused by another driver’s error or negligence, you may be legally entitled to compensation for your medical bills and more. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation and let us tell you how we can assist you. Our experienced personal injury lawyers stand up for the rights of victims, and we will work tirelessly to get you and your family everything you deserve.