“Driving And Texting Can Be A Killer”
Motor vehicle crashes in the United States result in more than 40,000 deaths per year, which is equivalent to a plane full of people crashing, killing everyone on board, every single day. But not all days are alike. Weekends are worse than weekdays, summer and fall months have more deadly crashes than winter or spring months, and holidays top the list for crash deaths. July Fourth has the highest number of crash deaths (161). It had an average of 12 more deaths than any other day of the year. This day also had a high number of deaths involving alcohol. According to the Institute of Highway Safety, evenings and weekends were the deadliest times on the roads. The worst hours were from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with each averaging 6.6 deaths per hour. By far, Saturday had the most deaths (158). Next came Friday (133 deaths). Sunday was a close third (132 deaths). Tuesday had the least fatalities (95). Evidence is mounting that driver-related factors such as distraction, impairment and fatigue are involved in nearly ninety percent of car crashes.