With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, many people are about to go on vacations or a weekend trip with their families. Unfortunately, with Independence Day falling on a weekend this year, there is a lot of risk to the general public because of travel and celebrations over the course of several days rather than just one.
Drunk driving is obviously dangerous any time of the year, and you could potentially encounter someone who has had too many drinks heading home from church on Sunday – not just from a party on Saturday night. Still, there are times when you are more likely than others to encounter drunk drivers on the road. The weekend closest to the Fourth of July is one such time.
Drunk driving is noticeably more common around holidays
Tracking crash data gives both researchers and lawmakers more insight into how to keep the public safe. For years, there has been a known correlation between popular holidays and drunk driving collisions.
Drunk driving crashes are more likely to happen around holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s, Fourth of July, Memorial Day and even Veterans Day. The Fourth of July typically is one of the most dangerous holidays for drunk driving.
Knowing when you are most at risk for a collision can help you be a little more proactive about your safety on the road and respond appropriately. However, if you do get into a crash caused by someone else, it’s important to know how to seek the compensation you need for medical bills and other expenses as well as damages.