While every day of the year brings a risk of being involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania, statistics demonstrate certain days bring a higher risk than do others. Pennsylvania motorists may thus want to use extra caution when driving on days that have the highest risk of car accident involvement.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an average of 400 people are killed every year over Memorial Day weekend, and 44 percent of these deaths occur to people who are driving drunk. Similarly, many people are seriously injured in accidents that happen on the 4th of July, another high-risk day.
With millions of travelers on the road, Thanksgiving and Christmas also bring increased rates of car accidents. Also risky is traveling on St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve, as both bring out revelers who may have been drinking. Black Friday draws out many shoppers anxious to find a bargain, and with limited parking and huge numbers of people who are out and about, people are statistically more likely to be involved in a car accident. Other times when car accident rates increase include the start of daylight saving time due to people driving while drowsy as well as on Friday the 13th, no matter when it falls. NFL game days bring out sports fans to sports bars, leading to increased accidents as people drive away from them after having a few beers.
People should drive cautiously every day of the year, but they should especially be cautious on the days that bring the greatest risk of car accidents. By remaining mindful of other vehicles and refraining from driving after drinking, people may be able to prevent car accidents and resultant injuries. Those who are injured due to the negligent driving of another may want to speak with a personal injury attorney to learn more about how to obtain compensation.