California residents know that motor vehicle accidents can happen on any day, especially if it is a holiday. They may not realize, however, that other days carry an increased risk of car crashes.
Some of the surprises include the start of daylight saving time, Black Friday and NFL game days in the vicinity of a stadium, all days that see more vehicles on the road. Also on the list is Friday the 13th, which means that drivers who are superstitious might want to stay off the road. Traffic fatalities increase by 17 percent the Monday after the start of daylight saving time. Accident claims increase on Black Friday as too many bargain-hunting shoppers try to cram too many vehicles into too few parking spaces.
Holidays, however, account for the bulk of motor vehicle accidents, especially those that include serious injuries and fatalities. More people are on the road, especially when holidays fall on a weekend. As holidays are usually a time to celebrate, motorists may be drinking and driving more than usual. A good example of a holiday with higher fatalities is St. Patrick's Day when people tend to drink lots of green beer and Irish coffee, and maybe get behind the wheel and drive.
Holidays should be times to make happy memories, but, unfortunately, car crashes often bring pain. Those who have been injured in a car accident caused by an impaired or otherwise negligent driver may wish to consult with an attorney to determine the recourse that may be available. A review by the attorney of the police investigation report may produce evidence of negligence to form the basis of a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.