The National Safety Council estimates that in 2015, more than 38,000 people were killed in car accidents across the United States. This was the deadliest year on American roads since 2007. While a car accident can occur at any time and on any day of the year, there are certain days that are deadlier than others for car drivers. These days see an increase in car accidents, largely because of drunk or intoxicated drivers mingling with increased traffic or young drivers. Some months are also deadlier than others – due to increased vacation traffic. So, what are the deadliest days of the year?
Historically, you are less likely to get into a fatal car accident on Sunday between the hours of 6 am and 9 am. You are more likely to get into a fatal car accident on Saturday afternoon between 3 and 6 pm. What other days are the most dangerous?
The Top 10 Deadliest Days of the Year
- July 4th
- July 3rd
- December 23rd
- August 3rd
- January 1st
- August 6th
- August 4th
- August 12th
- July 2nd
- September 2nd
The Top 5 Deadliest Months of the Year
Top 5 Deadliest Holidays of the Year
- Thanksgiving – an average of 573 deaths occur during the Thanksgiving holidays. Thanks to more cars being on the road traveling to and from family dinners, Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday to travel.
- Fourth of July – Independence Day is a day to celebrate and many Americans choose to celebrate this holiday by drinking with family and friends. Unfortunately, when these inebriated drivers get behind the wheel of a car, they get into serious and fatal accidents. An average of 505 deaths occur on the road this day alone and 53% of all fatal 4th of July crashes involve at least one drunk driver.
- Memorial Day Weekend – This weekend is the first long weekend and the kickoff to many summer parties and events. In fact, Memorial Day usually sees 38 million people go out of town this weekend to celebrate – making it a deadly time on the road. It is estimated that 493 vehicular deaths occur during Memorial Day weekend
- Labor Day Weekend – This three-day weekend is another favorite weekend for out of town travel and the last summer fling for many families. When this weekend falls on September 1st or 2nd, it results in an even more fatal holiday. An average of 488 deaths occur on American roads during Labor Day weekend.
- New Year’s Eve/Day – Mixing champagne and icy, snowy roads is a recipe for disaster and that’s why so many people are killed in New Year’s Eve accidents. An average of 421 deaths occur during New Year’s Eve celebrations and in the hours afterwards – making it a horrific start of the year for hundreds of families across the country.
100 Deadliest Days on the Road for Teen Drivers
Every year, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the deadliest days on the road for teenage drivers. Outdoor parties, graduation, road trips, vacation, summer jobs, and increased free time make this a deadly time for drivers between the ages of 15 and 20. Teenagers that engage in risky behavior, such as texting or talking while driving, are at an increased risk for getting into a serious car accident. Other risky behaviors that can lead to fatal teen accidents include:
- Not buckling seatbelts
- Rowdy behavior with passengers
- Using cellphones
- Using MP3 players or music devices
- Late night cruising
- Drag racing
- Peer pressure
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.