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Pennsylvania drivers should use extra caution on certain days

Motor vehicle accidents occur more often during certain periods each year partly because of alcohol. A road trip over a long holiday weekend is a riskier time to travel at any rate because there is usually heavier traffic on the highways. Nevertheless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports approximately 400 deaths occur in the U.S. over Memorial Day weekend each year, and that alcohol is a factor in more than 40 percent of those car accidents. July 4 is another day prone to alcohol-related crashes on U.S. roads. According to reports by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 42 percent of accidents on Independence Day involve drunk drivers.

A great deal of family road travel occurs at Thanksgiving and Christmas. A survey conducted by State Farm indicates that 32 percent of drivers experience holiday stress, which can result in road rage. In another study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, accident claims tend to climb by 20 percent during December.

Other days that result in an inordinate amount of accidents are St. Patrick's Day, where again many motorists are driving under the influence of alcohol, and Black Friday, where shoppers seeking bargains often hit other cars in crowded parking lots. Surprisingly, another study has shown that Friday the 13th seems to produce more than its share of accidents, regardless of the month in which it falls.

When people are injured in a car accident, they often face high medical expenses. However, it may be possible for a personal injury attorney to help an injured victim in the pursuit of financial compensation for the damages that were sustained if the accident has been caused by the negligence of another driver.

Source: Yahoo Autos, 10 Worst Days for Driving, Mark Vallet, May 12, 2015

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