Are there more traffic accidents during the holidays?
Analyzing statistics regarding car accidents is tricky business, and some numbers are not always clear. But yes, historically there are more car accidents, especially ones involving alcohol-impaired drivers, near Christmas and New Years.
At first glance, it’s not clear that the holidays are any more dangerous than other times of the year. Contrary to popular belief, New Years is not the most dangerous day of the year to drive. That honor goes to the Four of July.1 And some of the most dangerous days on the road are near the end of summer, with seven of the top 25 deadliest days occurring in August.
Several factors affect these statistics. For one, there are typically more accidents when there are more drivers on the road. During holidays, people travel, and unusually congested roads lead to more collisions. The second major contributing factor is alcohol.
Alcohol-impaired drivers are a significant contributor to the increased number of car accidents during the holidays.
One alarming statistic, according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is that 40% of traffic-related deaths during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays involve drunk drivers.1 This is a 12% increase over the rest of the month of December. Unfortunately, most other major holidays also see a statistically significant increase in alcohol-related traffic deaths.
As you celebrate the holidays this year, remember to drive safe, and enjoy alcohol responsibly by not driving under the influence.
If you, a friend or family member have been a victim of a car accident, contact the attorneys at Wood & Craig for a free consultation. We will review your case and work for the best possible outcome for you.