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Top 5 Deadliest Holidays to Drive

Top 5 Deadliest Holidays to Drive

As exciting as the holidays are, they can be some of the most dangerous times for driving. To help keep you and your family safe this upcoming holiday season, our Texas car accident attorneys list the top deadliest holidays to drive and what you can do to stay safe.

#1: Memorial Day

Surprisingly, Memorial day is one of the most dangerous holidays to drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are four times more car crashes on Memorial Day weekend than any other holiday. Thirty-seven percent of fatal crashes during Memorial Day involve a drunk driver. Statistics also show that 12 red lights are run through every second during this weekend and 52 percent of traffic deaths occur when someone wasn’t wearing a seat belt. 

#2: Labor Day

The second deadliest holiday to drive is Labor Day. In the last three years, there were over 1,330 fatal crashes that occurred during Labor Day weekend. Statistics show that 445 average fatal crashes occur during the four-day period; that’s 20% more fatal crashes than the average holiday.

#3: Independence Day

Independence day has consistently been one of the deadliest holidays to drive for the last few years. According to the NHTSA, there were 1,319 fatal crashes over the last three-year study period. That’s an average of 440 fatal crashes per four-day period.

#4: New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve is another holiday with high fatal car accidents. Research shows that there are about 1,079 fatal car accidents that occur every year within the four-day period. That’s an average of 360 deadly car accidents that occur every year. Thirty-six percent of car accidents are caused due to drunk driving.

#5: Thanksgiving

Over 34 percent of Thanksgiving car accidents occur due to drunk driving every year. The NHTSA states that 1,173 fatal car accidents occur during the four-day holiday period. That’s an average of 391 fatal crashes a day.

If you suffered injuries this holiday season, contact our Texas car accident attorneys today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a consultation!