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Are Fatal Accidents More Common During Holidays?

While the holidays are a great time for focusing on family, relaxation, and celebrations, they also mean more congested roads, increased alcohol consumption, and more speeding. These factors mean that the holiday season tends to have more crash fatalities than any other time of the year. How much do fatalities increase during holiday travels? Read below to find out.

How Many Fatal Accidents Occur During the Holidays?

Over the last five years, an average of 300 people died in accidents caused by drunk driving between the Christmas and New Year holidays. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 3,067 people died in car accidents during December of 2016. Of these fatalities, 25 percent of them were caused by drunk drivers. When looking at fatalities in December between 2012 and 2016, 14,472 people died in traffic incidents. Of these fatalities, 28 percent were caused by drunk drivers.

This year, USDOT doesn’t expect the situation to improve for holiday drivers in 2019. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 799 drivers will lose their lives between December 24 and January 2. The administration states that there was an average of 102 traffic fatalities each day in 2017. However, during significant holidays, this average increases to 119 per day.

Texas Might be an Extra Dangerous Place to Drive During Holidays

According to a report from the financial site ValuePenguin, Texas has some of the most dangerous roads during the holiday season. The site compiled NHTSA data for fatal car accidents between 2015 and 2018 to determine which roads were most dangerous for holiday travel. It found that I-10, I-35, and I-20—the first, fourth, and fifth respectively most dangerous—all have dangerous portions that pass through Texas. During Christmas time, Guadalupe County and Harris County both earned a spot on the top five most dangerous places to drive in the nation.

What to do After a Holiday Car Accident

If your holidays were suddenly changed for the worse because of a serious car accident, help is available. Arnold & Itkin fights for the recovery of those suffering because of the negligence of others in Texas and throughout the nation. Our dedication to results means that we’ll never settle for less than you deserve. Medical bills, time lost at work, pain and suffering, and more can be recovered with the right strategy. We’ve recovered billions for clients, and we’re ready to help you right now. The consultation is free, confidential, and never comes with an obligation. Importantly, we never collect fees unless we win results for a case.

Contact us today for help. Our Texas car accident lawyers are ready to help you explore your options at (888) 493-1629.