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Dangerous days to drive

Ohio residents may be interested in reading about some of the most treacherous days to drive. According to several statistical reports, more vehicle accidents transpire on holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. Additionally, drivers may be involved in a crash during the week following daylight savings time.

In the days leading up to Christmas and Thanksgiving, many drivers are heading out to visit their relatives or running errands. Considered a driving holiday, Thanksgiving is an especially busy travel time. In fact, the American Automobile Association predicted that for 2014, more than 45 million American drivers would travel no less than 50 miles away from their homes during the holiday period, increasing the chances for wrecks.

The Christmas season is another dangerous period to be driving. The Highway Loss Data Institute reported that vehicle accident claims rose by about 20 percent during December. One reason the roads become dangerous around holidays is the increasing amount of aggressive driving. A survey by State Farm showed that during these holidays, about a third of drivers become increasingly aggressive, showing bouts of road rage that can put other drivers at greater risk.

The change into daylight saving time has a marked increase in car accidents. A recent 10-year study by the University of Colorado Boulder revealed that there were 302 vehicle-associated fatalities within the six days prior to the change with accident-related costs amounting to $2.75 billion. Moreover, crash-related deaths rose by nearly 20 percent during the first weekday shift following the Daylight Savings Time change, according to findings by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Anyone who was injured or lost a loved one in an automobile accident via the actions of a negligent driver may wish to file a claim for compensation. During the process, it is generally recommended that official documentation offered as evidence in the case. Such documentation can include witness statements, medical reports and the accident report filed by responding officers.

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

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