Georgia residents who do a lot of driving are probably quite aware of those days that pose the most danger on the roadways. While many high-risk days occur during major holiday seasons, some do not. The days leading up to daylight saving time, Friday the 13th and St. Patrick's Day are also risky for motorists, based on recent findings.
Because many drivers are affected by the loss of an hour's sleep, traveling during the first ten days of the change to daylight saving time may be risky. According to one report, vehicular deaths increased 20 percent on the first Monday of the daylight saving period.
Another surprisingly dangerous traveling day is Friday the 13th. Although this day is commonly associated with superstition, a leading U.K. insurance carrier found that on Friday the 13th between the years of 2004 and 2013, crash-related claims jumped by nearly 15 percent. The study further noted that the claims had nothing to do with the month or type of season the day landed on.
Motorists might be safer to avoid traveling past midnight on St. Patrick's Day, which is a leading drinking holiday. From 2009 to 2013, there were nearly 280 fatalities on the weekend of this holiday, with about half of those deaths associated with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A person who is injured in a car accident caused by another driver may wish to speak with an attorney to learn about what recourse may be available. If, after a review of the accident investigation report it can be determined that the other driver was negligent, it may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking appropriate compensation.
Source: Yahoo!, "10 Worst Days for Driving", Mark Vallet, May 12, 2015