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Roadways often more dangerous during holidays


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 29, 2013 in Car Accidents

Increased traffic volumes and celebrations with alcohol may make roadways in Connecticut and around the country less safe around holidays. This is true of Christmas and New Year's, but it's also true for many holidays throughout the year. The National Safety Council recently released a report that estimates the number of car accidents and deaths that may occur on major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

The most dangerous holiday, according to the report, is Independence Day. The report estimated that 540 people will die during the travel period for that holiday, which is four days in length. Alcohol is a big contributor to such a number of fatal accidents, accounting for 61 deaths per day through the travel period. Christmas is considered the safest of the six holidays, in part because of the lack of alcohol-related crashes. Drunk drivers caused only 35 percent of accidents during Christmas.

The number of accidents each year fluctuates, and variables such as what day of the week the holiday occurs can have an impact on the projected number of crashes. This year, because Christmas and New Year's Day occur during the middle of the week, as opposed to being spread out over a weekend, fewer people can be expected to travel, and fewer accidents may be the result.

Those who are injured in auto accidents during the holiday season may benefit from having a better understanding of what rights they may have to seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident. Compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering can help an accident victim recover financially from an accident they didn't cause and allow them to focus on their recovery instead of the financial burden created by the accident.

Source: USA Today, "24/7 Wall St.: The most dangerous holidays", Michael B. Sauter, Thomas C. Frohlich, December 23, 2013