If you were asked what you thought were the holidays on which the most fatal car accidents occurred, you might would answer New Year’s Eve or St. Patrick’s Day. You’d be wrong though.
The holiday that takes the top spot instead is Memorial Day. A new study recently released by Value Penguin shows that motorists are more four times more likely to lose their lives in car crashes during the last weekend in May than any other time during the year.
In attempting to determine which holiday was the deadliest of them all, the study’s authors took a look at a number of statistics looking at all holidays that was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This data showed that in between the years of 2011 and 2015, on each Memorial Day, there was on average 312 car accident fatalities.
Labor Day and Fourth of July came in not too far behind at 308 and 307 deaths respectively. The New Year’s weekend itself had, on average, 245 deaths each year with Christmas having the least at 231.
The auto club AAA suggests that the increase in traffic-related fatalities during the summer months has to do with families going on the road for vacations during this season. In fact, an estimated 39.3 million Americans that are expected to travel over 50 million miles during the final weekend in May alone. Of those, the amount that will be traveling via car will reach as high as 88 percent.
When it comes to the areas where these accidents tend to occur, the highways that stretch between New York and Washington, D.C. see the highest rates of traffic-related fatalities. California and Texas roadways are not too far behind though. Los Angeles and Houston seem to be the cities that lead the nation in terms of fatal car crashes every holiday of each year.
Although you shouldn’t let these statistics deter you from traveling during the holiday seasons, you should let them remind you to be safe when driving during this time of the year. If you are injured in a car accident, it’s important to first seek out medical help. You should then consult a Houston car accident attorney who can advise you as to how you be able to recover hospital costs you incurred.
Source: cbsnews.com, “The deadliest holiday for car accidents,” Jerry Edgerton, May 17, 2017