New York drivers might already be making plans to travel over the Fourth of July holiday. However, they should keep in mind that this holiday is the deadliest of the year. During the weekend leading up to July Fourth, more people are on the road and there is lots of drinking and partying. All of these factors combine to increase the number of serious and deadly accidents.
Each year, tens of millions of people drive over 50 miles to celebrate the nation's independence. With so many people on the road, motor vehicle accidents, increase and often become deadlier. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drinking and driving over July Fourth weekends. That means that over 200 deaths from car accidents happen annually during the Independence Day holiday.
While injuries and deaths are also caused by other factors during the holiday, such as the use of fireworks, food poisoning and alcohol intoxication, the increased amount of traffic on the roads and the higher number of drunk drivers play a major role in making the Fourth of July particularly dangerous. Being cautious and alert is one way to prevent and avoid car accidents. It's important to remember that driving while under the influence affects a driver's reflexes and decision making.
Someone who has been injured in a traffic accident over this holiday might seek compensation for the damages they incurred. A personal injury lawyer could help them file a claim and provide representation during negotiations with insurance agencies.