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Avoiding accidents on the worst driving days

On Behalf of | May 18, 2015 | Car Accidents |

As people in Louisiana gear up for Memorial Day and the start of the summer vacation, they should be aware that statistics demonstrate some days are much worse as far as car accidents. Using extra caution when driving on those days can help people prevent being involved in a car accident and possibly suffering an injury as a result.

Memorial Day weekend claims the lives of about 400 people in the U.S. every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is due to a combination of factors, including the sheer number of travelers on the road as well as people who are drinking and driving. Similarly, the 4th of July is another statistically bad day to drive, necessitating caution. Black Friday brings out huge numbers of shoppers who are trying to take advantage of deals. It also brings a high percentage of car accidents, particularly in parking lots.

Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day all bring out the worst in driving behavior. With millions of people taking to the roads to travel and spend time with their families, accident rates are high on these days. People who go out and celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day or on New Year’s Eve should always use a designated driver if they plan to drink. Oddly, statistics also show that Friday the 13th brings heightened accident rates, no matter when it falls. People should thus be more cautious when driving on these days.

Car accident injuries can be debilitating, leaving people with disabilities and a lifetime of medical needs. Utilizing caution while on the road is always important, even on days when accidents are not as likely. People who are injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver may want to consult with a personal injury attorney for assistance in pursuing compensation for the damages that have been sustained.