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Independence Day is a dangerous day for drivers

The Fourth of July is a dangerous day on the roads in New York and across the United States. It's the holiday with the most auto insurance claims of all the major summer holidays, compared to Memorial Day and Labor Day. Even more, July 4 itself has been, on average, the most fatal day for drivers over the past 10 years.

The Travelers Companies Inc. reported that from 2012 to 2016, the Fourth of July weekend produced 7 percent more auto insurance claims for collisions than the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The holiday isn't just a day to celebrate America, but a major occasion for social events. With parties, family travel and celebrations, there are many more drivers on the road than usual. Busy roads can easily be full of tired and distracted motorist. From texting while driving to checking a GPS, there are many distractions that can divert a driver's attention and lead to dangerous crashes.

Drivers can help to avoid making the roads even more dangerous on busy weekends. Being prepared in advance for a trip can help avoid distracted or confused driving. Of course, after the celebrations, preventing drinking and driving is a major priority for improving road safety.

Auto accidents at any time of year can be costly in terms of property damage but also in terms of personal injuries. Car crashes can lead to broken bones and long periods of rehabilitation. When the collision has been caused by a driver who was negligent in some fashion, a personal injury attorney could assist a victim in seeking appropriate compensation.

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