Washington state motorists may benefit from exercising more caution during the holiday season and driving on specific days only when absolutely necessary, according to expert commentary on statistics in the latest National Safety Council report. The report compiled the number of auto accidents and car accident deaths across six widely celebrated holidays. Important factors in the risk of car accident death included alcohol consumption, weather and the day of the week that the holiday falls on.
Increases in the number of vehicles on the road does not necessarily lead to a significant increase in fatalities, explained the statistics manager at the NSC. Christmas drivers, for example, are unlikely to see the higher rate of inebriation that occurs on Independence Day and the New Year holiday. They may also enjoy the benefit of bad weather. The NSC manager stated that bad weather actually tends to result in fewer fatalities due to fewer people being on the road.
At the time of the NSC report, the agency was predicting 2013 Independence Day to be the deadliest for the year. This is partly due to the 2013-14 New Year holiday taking place in the middle of the week. Even though the New Year does tend to feature a sizable number of alcohol-related deaths, Independence Day has historically been the worst on this measure.
Drivers on the road to visit family or enjoy recreation over the holidays may be at greater risk of an automobile accident. Victims may also suffer the financial damage of lost income, medical expenses and permanent injuries. The NSC report makes it clear that seat belts do save lives, yet victims may also face the emotional damage of loss of a loved one. An attorney with motor vehicle accident experience may be able to help victims document all damages, gather evidence to prove liability in the pursuit of monetary compensation.
Source: USA Today, “24/7 Wall St.: The most dangerous holidays,” Michael B. Sauter and Thomas C. Frohlich, Dec. 23, 2013