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Drivers may wish to avoid the roads on certain days

Louisiana residents may be interested to learn that certain days are much more dangerous for drivers than others. Studies show that the most hazardous days on the road are holidays, which encourage travel and alcohol consumption, but other days, such as Friday the 13th, are also strangely unlucky.

According to statistics, the most dangerous weekend for U.S. drivers is Memorial Day weekend. During this traditional summer kick-off, around 400 people are killed in car accidents annually, 44 percent of which are alcohol-related. The next most dangerous day on the calendar is the Monday after the daylight saving time clock change, on which fatal car accidents increase an average of 17 percent due to sleep deprivation.

While consumers may get great deals on Black Friday, they may have bad luck in the store parking lot. Fender benders and dents reportedly skyrocket during the annual shopping extravaganza. Meanwhile, the chance of a NFL fan getting into a crash around the stadium increases anywhere from 8.2 percent to 79.7 percent on the day of the big game. Finally, there is Friday the 13th, which for some mysterious reason seems to increase accident insurance claims by 13 percent no matter where it falls on the calendar. Other hazardous driving days include New Year's Day, which is surprisingly more dangerous than New Year's Eve, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and St. Patrick's Day.

Any Louisiana resident who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk or negligent driver may wish to consult with an attorney. Depending on the details of the case, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation. Possible damages a victim could recover include medical expenses, wages lost during recovery and pain and suffering.

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

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