According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are a number of key dates that correlate with higher risk of car accidents and personal injuries. Motorists can view these statistics through the public database known as the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. In short, the most common days for car-accident related injuries occur around holidays, when instances of drunk driving are more likely, with the majority taking place in the summertime when the weather is nice and commuters are packing the roadways. Most auto accident injuries occur on the following days:

Most Collisions

  1. January 1   132.1 average crashes
  2. July 4   131.5 average crashes
  3. July 3   126.3 average crashes
  4. August 3   123.3 average crashes
  5. September 2   122.7 average crashes
  6. September 1   120.9 average crashes
  7. August 6   120.8 average crashes
  8. September 22   120.6 average crashes
  9. July 2   120.4 average crashes
  10. October 14   119.7 average crashes
  11. August 4   119.6 average crashes
  12. August 31   119.5 average crashes
  13. June 30   119.2 average crashes
  14. July 15   118.4 average crashes
  15. August 11   118.3 average crashes

Other than the obvious celebrations, such as New Year’s and Fourth of July, the other 13 days correspond with warmer weather months when people are out barbecuing and drinking with friends and then getting into cars where they pose a risk of crashing into you and causing injury. Add to that the increase congestion as vacationers travel in and out of town, this trend is important to keep in mind this summer when you’re driving. However, accidents do happen, and if you are involved in a motor vehicle crash, call an injury attorney right away to help you settle the matter professionally.