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Risk of Crashes Increases During Busy Holidays Like 4th of July

Steve Wagner


  • Motor vehicle crashes remain to be a leading cause of rising injury and fatality rates not only across the U.S. but also right here in Indiana.
  • AAA says those rates are expected to momentarily hike over the upcoming Independence Day holiday as the most number of travelers ever are expected to hit American roadways.
  • Although most drivers were taught valuable safe driving skills, not everyone continues to practice them. Hoosiers generally rank in the middle compared to the rest of the country for good and bad drivers, except that they repeatedly score low on obeying traffic laws like wearing a seat belt and not driving impaired.
  • Bad driver behaviors contribute to a significant number of deaths and lifelong injuries to themselves or others. And since not every accident can be prevented, it remains important for all drivers to practice safe driving this busy 4th of July season.

Road Officials Say Driver Crash Risks Will Increase This 4th of July

Driver support group AAA is making sure all U.S. drivers become aware of their increased road risks this Independence Day holiday. Officials recently released news that American roadways will experience the largest group of 4th of July drivers ever since the organization started tracking holiday traffic 18 years ago. Nearly 40 million say they will be traveling away from home from Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8. That is an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year.

Drivers will experience the worst congestion over the holiday week on July 3, being dubbed by AAA as “Terrible Tuesday.” The late afternoon hours and evening hours will be the busiest when those leaving work will join holiday travelers on the road making commuter times twice as long. In addition, road construction and detours across Indiana may also add to congested travel time.

Annual accident reports show the connection between the increase in road congestion and traffic wrecks.

Driver Behavior Must Be at Its Best During Busy Travel

Increased traffic patterns caused by holiday travel can create even riskier driver situations when summer construction zones, more pedestrians and motorcycles, and drunk drivers are involved. And since Hoosiers’ road safety rating when obeying traffic laws is already ranked low, we could see a significant number of tragedies this 4th of July holiday. Allow this alert and these five travel tips be a reminder that we all have a responsibility in keeping each other safe so everyone can arrive to their destination accident free.

  1. Use a seat belt in every seat, on every trip, no matter how short.
  2. Make sure children are always properly buckled in the back seat in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.
  3. Choose not to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and help others do the same.
  4. Obey speed limits and respect construction zones.
  5. Drive without distractions (such as using a cell phone or texting).

Our team of motor vehicle attorneys at Wagner Reese wish you and your family the best over this Independence Day celebration!

Bad Drivers Need to Be Stopped

If tragedy strikes and you or someone you love is injured in a holiday related or congested driving accident, please call the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. Connect with us by submitting our online form, and our attorneys will review your information, and respond promptly. If you wish to speak directly with us, please call (888) 204-8440.


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