No time of year is a good time for a car crash, but there are periods of the year where one is more likely to occur. That is one of the takeaways from a recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which found that holidays around the country often mean an increase in fatal car accidents. In Missouri specifically, the rate of fatal crashes climbs by nearly 30%. Though data from the recent winter holidays is still under consideration, experts say the data shows that trend will likely continue.
The recent increase in travel by car may also cause a rise in fatal collisions, though that is a data point for which the NHTSA is likely still collecting information. The study showed that any increase in travel seems to correlate with an increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents. Because holidays often include driving to see friends and loved ones, it is easy to understand why a rise in fatal crashes might happen. Winter holidays are concerning, though the study showed that in Missouri, Labor Day is the holiday that carries the greatest risk for those on the roads.
When examining all holidays, Missouri experiences an increase of 27.9% in fatal crashes. What’s more, over 6% of fatal crashes in the state happen on a holiday, with an average of nearly three fatal crashes per day on holidays. The good news is that all of the state’s statistics for fatal crashes that the NHTSA reported in this study are under the national averages. The United States as a whole sees an increase of 30.2% in fatal holiday crashes.
All of this data may seem irrelevant for those unfortunate enough to lose loved ones to fatal car accidents. No matter when or how a crash happens, there are legal options available that extend beyond the criminal justice system. A diligent personal injury attorney here in Missouri can help families understand what choices they have before them that may help.