Although a car accident can happen at any time, there are certain days each year in which the likelihood of being involved in one is significantly greater than on other dates. By being aware of when the risks are greater, Tennessee drivers can take additional precautions if they plan to be out on the road at those times.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an average of 400 people are killed across the nation over Memorial Day weekend each year, largely due to the consumption of alcohol by some drivers. The risk of an accident over this weekend is 13.1 times greater than on other days of the year. Similarly, higher accident rates occur on St. Patrick's Day with drunken revelers getting behind the wheels of their cars.
Other holidays bringing increased risk include Thanksgiving, Christmas and the 4th of July, as millions of Americans take to the nation's highways in order to celebrate with family. Black Friday also demonstrates a greater number of accidents due to people heading out to shop en masse. Days on which NFL games occur are riskier, and oddly, every Friday the 13th, no matter when it falls, brings heightened accident risks as well.
While automobile accidents can certainly occur any day of the year, understanding that certain periods bring a greater degree of risk may help people be more alert. When celebrating, it is important that people have a designated driver if they plan to drink alcohol. Those who have been injured in a collision caused by an impaired driver may want to meet with a personal injury attorney about their options for the recovery of damages to compensate them for the losses that have been incurred.