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The deadliest holidays in the United States

Holidays are supposed to be about fun and excitement, a break from the monotony of daily life, but the reality is that many of them turn out to be quite deadly. For a variety of reasons -- alcohol ranks highly among them -- there are often surges in car accidents over these holidays.

St. Patrick's Day is well known for it's promotion of drinking, and it is in fact the sixth deadliest holiday for motorists. On average, about 100 people are killed on this day every year.

Are you wondering what the deadliest holiday is? You may not be surprised to learn that it's New Year's Day. Naturally, this has to do both with New Year's Day itself and with New Year's Eve. Accidents that happen after New Year's Eve parties tend to happen after the ball drops at midnight, so they technically fall in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The Fourth of July actually spreads out the risk over July 2, July 3 and July 4. All three days make it into the top ten when looking at the deadliest days in the U.S. Labor Day weekend also makes it onto that list.

As noted above, alcohol plays a large role. In fact, it's been stated that half of the deadly crashes on the Fourth of July, New Year's Day and Halloween are tied to drinking and driving. Pedestrians are notably in danger on both Halloween and New Year's, the two deadliest days for them.

Have you been hurt in a car accident in Illinois? Be sure to investigate your rights to compensation for medical bills, damage to your vehicle and more.

Source: Forbes, "America's Most Dangerous Holidays," Robert Malone, accessed May. 21, 2015

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