Atlanta accidents can happen any time of the year, but there are certain days that are much more dangerous for motorists than others. Yahoo News has listed 10 days of the year when there is a significantly greater chance of becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident. Most of the days on this list are holidays or special occasions during which people significantly increase their road travel and there are many more people on the roads. The high-risk days also include times of the year when people are significantly more likely to consume alcohol and then drive their vehicles.
Motorists need to refrain from drinking and driving and exercise care at all times while operating their vehicles, especially if there are more people on the roads. If a driver is careless, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help victims of any crashes resulting from the driver’s negligence. Crash victims or their surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for all losses caused by a motorist who is behaving in an unsafe way.
When are Atlanta Car Accidents Most Likely to Occur?
The 10 days on Yahoo’s list of the most dangerous times for drivers include:
- Memorial Day
- The start of daylight savings time
- Black Friday
- Days when there are NFL games being played
- Friday the 13th
- New Year’s Day
- St. Patrick’s Day
This month, motorists need to understand the added risk that memorial day represents. There are around 400 deaths in car accidents over the three day Memorial Day weekend each year, which is a 13.1 percent increase in the number of deaths compared with other non-holiday weekends.
Memorial Day, like many of the other high-risk days, involves both more motorists and a greater chance of people being intoxicated. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, the Fourth of July, and St. Patrick’s Day are also days when there are far too many drunk people on the roads. On St. Patrick’s Day each year, for example, around two of every five motor vehicle collisions involve a driver who has consumed too much alcohol.
Black Friday’s risks are based on the fact that there are so many more people on the roads than usual. Around 70 million people go to malls on Black Friday to get their holiday shopping done. One insurance company has reported that claims made for accidents on Black Friday are double claims on normal Fridays. The risk of parking lot accident claims increases by 36 percent on this shopping holiday.
Daylight savings, on the other hand, is a very dangerous time for motorists because of the change in drivers’ routines. Motorists have to cope with different light patterns that can affect visibility and make it harder for them to see obstacles on the road.
Regardless of the specific reasons why these days are so much more dangerous than others on the road, drivers need to be aware of the added risk and make smart choices to keep themselves and their passengers safe.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.