North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Comments on Fatal Auto Accidents on July 4th
The deadliest driving day of the year nationwide, July 4th, is rapidly approaching and motorists need to be prepared and have a plan for staying safe on the road, according to attorney Richard Flexner of The Law Offices of Richard Flexner in Wilmington, N.C.
"Drivers need to be aware of the dangers of operating a motor vehicle on July 4th," Flexner said. "Many motorists will likely die in car accidents on Independence Day that can easily be prevented. That's why we want to do our part to make people more aware of the risks they face when they drive on the Fourth of July."
July 4th has been consistently ranked as the deadliest day on the road nationwide between 2000 and 2013, according to statistics compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and listed in an article about accident statistics published by Yahoo News. ("10 Worst Days for Driving," Yahoo News, May 12, 2015)
Several reasons were cited for why July 4th ranks first in deadly car accidents by specific days every year nationwide. One major reason is the large volume of motor vehicles on the road that day, according to Yahoo News. Another reason why is many drivers are under the influence of alcohol.
After New Year's Day, the Fourth of July ranks second for the deadliest days of the year nationwide for drunk driving accidents. Each year, an estimated 42 percent of accidents involve drivers over the legal alcohol limit, according to IIHS data.
There's no excuse for driving drunk in Wilmington or anywhere else in North Carolina, according to attorney Flexner. "If a driver has too much to drink, that driver should not get behind the wheel of a car on July 4th or any day of the year," Flexner said. "That's why it's important to stay alert on the road and watch for vehicles driving erratically - weaving, changing lanes without warning, driving too slow or too fast. And if you see something, say something. Stop and contact the police. Tell them there's someone driving erratically on the road. Your call could save a life."