Holiday Accidents – No Fun At All

Holiday Accidents – No Fun At All

Everyone enjoys the holiday season – except for those who have lost someone on the road who was hoping to make it home for the holidays.


Yes, unfortunately, various holidays cause a spike in the number of car accidents and fatalities. There are also holiday-related reasons for this, including holidays that are linked to alcohol consumption and those that put undue pressure on people to make it to the party or to get home. However, if Christmas comes to mind – due to the eggnog or the demands to make it home on time – think again. Christmas is, in fact, the only major holiday that sees a decrease in fatalities against a standard 3-day holiday. The reason for that is clear: When people get home for Christmas, they tend to stay there, not traveling much until the holiday is over.


At Colorado Accident & Injury, our staff of professional care-givers is deeply invested in keeping drivers and passengers safe every day of the year, including holidays. However, it’s helpful to review the holidays so you can avoid some of the pratfalls that makes that holiday more dangerous than the other days of the week.

Memorial Day Weekend – averaging 312 fatalities


While Memorial Day, which comes around in early May, has no obvious reason why it should be the most dangerous holiday for drivers, one statistic stands out. Over forth percent (40.3 percent) of driving accidents on the Memorial Day weekend involve at least one driver who is legally intoxicated. That’s the highest percentage of drunk drivers on the road, even more than New Year’s Eve when 35.8 accidents involve drunk drivers.


Labor Day – 308 fatalities


Once again, Labor Day does not seem a holiday that encourages reckless behavior, but the fatality average is second on the list. On Labor Day 36.3 percent of fatalities involve a drunk driver.


Fourth of July – 307 fatalities


The Fourth of July is third on the list of fatalities and second on the of fatalities related to drunk driving at 38.5 percent.


Easter – 280 fatalities


As a religious holiday, Easter is not known as an event where drinking alcohol is encouraged. On the Easter weekend, 37.4 percent of fatalities involved the use of alcohol, third on the list.


Thanksgiving – 258 fatalities


Thanksgiving fatalities are close to the daily average, which is 250 fatalities for non-holiday weekends. Instead, with 34.7 percent of fatalities involving alcohol, Thanksgiving fatalities are also traced to the number of travelers trying to get home for the big meal. Many of these last-minute travelers are over-tired or driving through changing conditions in order to make it home.


 New Year’s Eve – 2456 fatalities


New Year’s celebrations are clearly known for both alcohol consumption and for staying out late at night – at least until midnight. There is also a large predictable wave of drunk drivers on the road after midnight, especially around 12:30 a.m. when the ball has dropped and people are headed home after a party.


Christmas – 231 fatalities


Christmas is the safest holiday, the only one with fatalities below the non-holiday 3-day weekend. It is also lowest on the list of percentage of fatalities involving alcohol at 30.7 percent. The reason: People try to behave during the Christmas holiday.


If you are in an automobile accident you should call the police or ambulance first. Your second call in Colorado Springs should be to 717-917-7000, where we can put you on the road to recovery immediately and document your claims.

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