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November 23, 2022 | Car Accidents

'Tis the Season for Holiday Car Accident Statistics

Hundreds of People Expected to Be Killed in Auto Accidents Before 2023

Inclement weather, booze-filled parties, and more traffic all combine during the holiday season to make it one of the most dangerous times on the roads. In a matter of seconds, a car wreck can shatter multiple lives. Throughout the holiday season, it is important to remember to stay safe while driving by taking extra precautions and always designating a sober driver.

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we have helped over 10,000 clients injured in accidents throughout New York. Our dedicated legal team will fight to ensure that you receive the largest verdict or settlement possible in your case. If you are involved in a holiday car accident, contact our office at (718) 233-3913 to get FREE legal advice. 

Holiday Car Accident Statistics

Holidays are traditionally some of the worst times to be on the road during the year. An abundance of traffic makes it difficult to get from one place to another, while impaired drivers make it particularly dangerous. Winter holidays are also prone to inclement weather including snow, sleet, and ice.

Each year the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates how many people will be killed on the roads during the holiday season. Generally, the council’s forecasts are accurate. In 2018, for instance, the NSC estimated that there would be 422 traffic fatalities during the Christmas Day holiday period (extending from 6 pm on December 23 to 11:59 December 26) with a confidence interval of 372-478. The actual number of deaths was 425 people.

In 2019, the projections were for 115 deaths on the roadways during the Christmas holiday period with a confidence interval of 94-138. The actual number of holiday-related traffic deaths was 129. Unfortunately, car travel has the highest rate of fatalities compared to any other form of transportation.

Deadliest States for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Drivers

Auto insurance analysis website ValuePenguin looked at the deadliest states for drivers during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

According to their findings the deadliest states during the winter holidays are:

  • Mississippi
  • South Dakota
  • Louisiana
  • New Mexico
  • Alabama

New York ranked as the safest state in the country with a holiday motor vehicle rate of .52 per 100,000 residents. The insurance comparison site found that alcohol, weather, and speed were contributing factors in many holiday-related accidents.

What to Do If You Are Involved in a Holiday Car Accident

If you are involved in a holiday crash, you need to contact a New York City car accident lawyer. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. 

A lawyer can help you understand your rights and pursue a settlement from the insurance company. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, an experienced attorney can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. 

Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer Today

Were you injured in a holiday car accident? Contact our office at (718) 233-3913 to schedule a consultation and get FREE legal advice. We’ve secured millions for our clients. Let us fight for you and your family.

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