The Fourth of July is the quintessential summer holiday for many Ohio residents, with huge numbers of people going to family barbecues, hitting the beach and enjoying community fireworks celebrations. Unfortunately, a study finds that Independence Day is also the deadliest holiday for drunk driving fatalities across the nation.
For the study, researchers at auto insurance comparison website Value Penguin analyzed federal crash data between the years of 2010 and 2017. They found that 23% more motorists died on the Fourth of July during that period of time than the average amount of people who died on six other major U.S. holidays. In addition, they found that DUI deaths were 57% more likely to occur on the Fourth of July than on other summer days.
Getting into specific numbers, the study found that 1,192 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents on the Fourth of July during the eight-year period, making it the deadliest holiday. The second deadliest holiday for DUI crashes was Memorial Day weekend, which accounted for 1,105 fatalities during the same period of time. Overall, an average of 42.4 people died in DUI accidents on the Fourth of July, while an average of 39.5 people died on Memorial Day and an average of 38.1 died on Labor Day. New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day rounded out the list, with an average of 31.7, 27.9 and 27.7 DUI fatalities, respectively.
Victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of another driver often suffer serious harm. In such cases, it may be prudent to seek the assistance of an attorney who has experience with these types of matters. The attorney could investigate the crash and prepare a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.