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Why Do We See an Increase in Car Accidents During the Holidays?

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

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Learn why holiday seasons witness a surge in car accidents. Contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys for a free consultation if you've been in an accident.

While the holidays are a very cheerful time, we see a drastic increase in car accidents during this time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most fatal days of the year are December 23rd and December 24th. There are multiple reasons that contribute to the increase in collisions.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving increases drastically during the holiday season since everyone is out celebrating. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, almost 40 percent of deaths during the holiday season arise from accidents involving a driver under the influence. Many people think that just because they had a few drinks, they're fine to drive. A light buzz can still impair your vision and reaction time. If you feel as if you are not capable of driving, it is best to call an Uber or get a ride from a friend instead of attempting to drive home while buzzed.


Although we don't experience snow in most of California, rainy conditions are a huge factor in car accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, rain causes more driving fatalities than snow in 39 out of the 50 states, including California. Rain reduces the drivers' visibility, reduces friction with the pavement, and causes flooding. Slowing down is the most important thing a driver can do to stay safe on wet roads. The FMCSA recommends that drivers reduce their speed by a third on wet roads to avoid hydroplaning and to be able to brake in time.

Increase in Traffic

The holiday season results in more cars on the road. With more people traveling to their holiday events and celebrations, there is always an increase in traffic which results in more auto collisions.

All these factors contribute to the increase in collisions during the holiday season. If you have further questions, or were involved in an accident, do not hesitate to contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at State Law Firm by calling (818) 477-0773 for a free consultation. Our team of dedicated attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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