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The most dangerous driving days of the year

On Behalf of | May 21, 2015 | Car Accidents

Drivers in New Jersey who are concerned about driving safety may be interested in statistics about holidays and dangerous driving. Data collected from various sources single out certain periods of the year that are the most dangerous for driving.

Increased traffic makes some holidays a dangerous time to be on the roads. The day before Thanksgiving is when a lot of families are traveling, and the day after results in many parking lot collisions involving shoppers who are looking for Black Friday bargains. December through New Year’s Day sees heavy traffic, issues with intoxicated drivers and holiday stress. These factors combine to make the likelihood of a car crash more likely at this time of year.

Alcohol plays a part in the extra danger of road travel on other specific holidays and event days, including the Fourth of July, Memorial Day weekend and St. Patrick’s Day. NFL game days are dangerous for drivers in the vicinity of a home team’s stadium, and even riskier if the home team loses. Losing an hour of sleep takes its toll during the week after daylight saving time begins each spring. Increases in traffic accidents have been found to take place during the first six days after the clocks are set ahead. Somewhat surprisingly, Friday the 13th is an unlucky day for drivers, regardless in what month it falls.

Those who are injured in an automobile accident caused by another driver may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney to determine the best way of seeking recourse. In some cases, it may be advisable to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible party seeking the recovery of compensation for the damages that have been sustained.