According to the Missouri Highway Patrol Crash Reports, 20 people have been killed in eighteen counties in just this past week in Missouri. This unusually high number of fatalities reminds me of how history tends to repeat itself every year with regard to vehicle accident injuries and deaths around the holidays.
Every year in America, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July rank as some of the most dangerous days of the year for vehicular accidents. In fact, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July account for 3 of the 10 worst traffic death days per year, making Independence Day always in the top 5 of dangerous holiday weekends to be traveling. In 2008, almost 500 people died during the 4th of July weekend nationwide. Last year in 2010, The Missouri Highway Patrol listed ten deaths, in nine counties, from accidents on Missouri highways and roads during the holiday weekend. Additionally, roughly 50% of the accidents which occur during Independence Day, New Year’s Eve and Halloween are alcohol-related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This does not include injuries and deaths related to recreational boating which also tend to spike during these periods.
The reminder is obvious. Please be careful when you are traveling this fourth of July weekend. Enjoy yourself but be responsible and take special care to continually look out for the other guy. It may help you save your own life, the life of a loved one or the life of a stranger. With awareness, hopefully we can cause these holiday trends to turn downward – keeping them causes for celebration, not tragedy. The Padberg Corrigan Law firm wishes you a happy and healthy fourth.