A study, by lawyers at Omega Law Group analyzes data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) from 2017 to 2021, looking geographically at the total fatal accidents on the roads during each of the twelve main US holidays.

The research highlights the average number of fatalities that normally occur per month and per day of the month and compares these figures with the average number of fatalities during each national holiday.

A ranking of the states with the most accidents is compiled based on which states have a higher percentage of accidents occurring during July Fourth.

  • South Dakota is the most dangerous state for drivers during Independence Day. With an average of 1.6 fatalities and 0.6 accidents on July Fourth, there is a 244% increase compared to an average day in July.
  • The District of Columbia is the second most dangerous, with an 182% increase in accidents on July 4th compared to an average day in July. The state experiences an average of 0.2 fatalities and 0.2 accidents on July 4th.
  • Vermont is the third most dangerous state for driving during Independence Day, with an average of 0.6 fatalities and 0.4 accidents, a 145% increase compared to a normal day in July.
  • New Hampshire places fourth, with an average of 1 fatality and 0.8 accidents on July Fourth, a 118% increase from any other day in July.
  • Connecticut is the fifth most dangerous, with an average of 1.8 fatalities and 1.6 accidents on the day of July Fourth, a 99% increase.
  • Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Delaware, and Nevada round out the top ten.

A spokesperson for Omega Law Group commented on the study findings: “Driving during a national holiday is always a risk. Increased road traffic as people travel to attend events visit friends and family, or vacation can lead to congestion, delays, and a higher likelihood of accidents.

“Many holidays involve celebrations where alcohol consumption is common, particularly New Year's Eve, Fourth of July, Memorial Day. Unfortunately, those who choose to drink and then drive are the ones increasing the risk of accidents.

“Holidays also often go hand in hand with breaks from school or work, which can mean more teenagers or young adults on the roads who may have less driving experience, leading to risky driving and accidents.

“During national holidays, law enforcement agencies often increase patrols and conduct DUI checkpoints to deter dangerous driving behaviors and keep roadways safe.

“It is essential for drivers thinking of traveling during a holiday to avoid peak travel times if possible and never drive while impaired.”


Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System