July 4 sees highest DUI fatality rate of any major holiday

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that between 2010 and 2017, there were 1,192 DUI-related deaths on July Fourth. The DUI fatality rate on this holiday comes to 42.4 per day. Among all the major holidays in the US, Independence Day is the most dangerous with regards to drunk driving. Texas residents should know that Memorial Day comes in second with a fatality rate of 39.5 and 1,105 deaths in those eight years.

Compared to the average summer day, where the DUI fatality rate is 26.1, the Fourth of July raises one's risk for a fatal DUI crash by 57%. The NHTSA reports 184 deaths over the Fourth of July weekend in 2017. This is more than any equivalent period of four to five days in summer, where the average number of DUI-related deaths is 117.

DUI crash deaths are more likely when Independence Day falls on a weekday. The fatality rate for weekdays is 43.4 whereas the average for a Fourth of July on a weekend is 36.3. Saturday appears to be the safest day for the holiday, at least relatively. Wednesday is the worst with a fatality rate of 52.

Despite differences between states, the consequences of DUI are extensive. They can include fines, license suspension and even jail time.

Any personal injury claims that arise from a drunk driving accident will be separate from the criminal charges. Victims may want a car accident attorney by their side to negotiate for a fair amount in compensatory damages from the defendant's auto insurance company. They may even file for punitive damages, which go beyond compensatory damages as a means of punishing the defendant. An attorney may hire investigators to obtain proof, like the police report and breathalyzer results.

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