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Drivers should beware the roads on certain days

Arkansas residents may wish to note that some days are much more dangerous to drive than others. Statistics indicate that certain holidays, which encourage alcohol consumption and travel, can be very hazardous on the roads, and other days, like Friday the 13th, are also surprisingly unlucky.

According to AAA, the most hazardous time of the year to drive is Memorial Day weekend. Each year, around 400 Americans lose their lives in car accidents over the three-day holiday weekend, and 44 percent of the crashes are alcohol-related. Another dangerous day is the Monday after the annual daylight saving time clock change. On average, fatal crashes increase by 17 percent that day due to driver fatigue.

On Black Friday, the traditional kick-off to Christmas shopping, rear-end crashes and parking lot fender benders reportedly soar. Meanwhile, car crashes around NFL stadiums have been known to increase anywhere from 8.2 percent to 79.7 percent on the day of the big game. Also, for mysterious reasons, Friday the 13th causes car insurance claims to inflate by 13 percent regardless of the time of year in which it falls. Other days drivers may wish to rethink their travel plans include St. Patrick's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, which is more dangerous than New Year's Eve.

Motor vehicle accidents cause thousands of serious injuries and fatalities each year. Those who have been injured by a drunk or otherwise negligent driver may wish to consult with an attorney. After reviewing the case, legal counsel may advise filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. If successful, the injured victim could obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

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

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