Serious motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey are often the result of drunk driving and heavy traffic. That is why there are some days in the year when it is particularly dangerous to be on the road. Although most fall on or around a holiday, there are some high-risk driving days that are linked to sporting events and superstitions.
Statistics analyzed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that the day with the highest number of traffic fatalities around the country between 2000 and 2013 was July 4th. Like Fourth of July festivities, New Year's Eve celebrations also include a lot of alcohol consumption. However, New Year's Day is a much more dangerous time to be on the road than New Year's Eve. According to the IIHS, there are more alcohol-related traffic deaths on Jan. 1 than on any other day throughout the year.
National Football League game days are also dangerous days to be on the road, especially when driving near a football stadium. The Highway Loss Data Institute found that the number of accident claims near a football stadium increased by up to 79.7 percent on the day of a game. Studies have also shown that Friday the 13th is an especially dangerous day to drive no matter what month the date falls on.
No matter what day of the year it is, those who cause an accident while they are driving drunk may be held responsible for the injuries they cause. Someone who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by an impaired or otherwise negligent driver might want to speak to a lawyer about the advisability of filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages for the losses that have been incurred.