California motorists may be surprised to learn that some days are much more dangerous to drive than others. According to statistics, many of the most hazardous days surround holidays that encourage alcohol consumption, but some days, such as Friday the 13th, are unlucky for less-apparent reasons.
AAA reports that the most dangerous driving period of the year is Memorial Day weekend, which leads to approximately 400 car accident fatalities annually around the country, 44 percent of which are alcohol-related. The next most hazardous day for driving is the Monday after the spring daylight saving time clock change, which leads to a 17 percent jump in fatal crashes due to lack of sleep.
Black Friday shoppers may not be surprised to find out that rear-end and parking lot accidents increase sharply on the day of the annual shopping extravaganza. Meanwhile, NFL fans might want to stay home and watch their home team play on TV once they learn that car insurance claims increase anywhere from 8.2 percent to 79.7 percent around stadiums on game days. Next, there is Friday the 13th, which for unknown reasons causes accident claims to spike approximately 13 percent regardless of the time of year in which it lands. Other days on which drivers may wish to avoid roadways include New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and St. Patrick's Day.
Each year, car crashes cause thousands of severe injuries and deaths across the country. Any California resident who has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver may wish to consult with an attorney. It may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.