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Enjoy a safe and accident-free 4th of July

Louisville residents are getting ready to celebrate America's 241st birthday next week with parades, picnics and fireworks displays. By necessity, that means many people will be on the roads traveling to their holiday destinations.

All the added traffic makes for a very dangerous period. In fact, according to Geotab, a company involved with GPS vehicle tracking and telematics, July 4th is considered to be the most perilous day of the year to be on the road in the United States.

During the 10 years of the study, the Fourth of July averaged 119 fatal collisions, with a Fatal Crash Rate (FCR) of almost 15. Independence Day has a 47 percent average number of impaired driving incidents.

With an average of 119 deadly crashes over a 10-year period and a FCR of 14.9, July 4 is the most dangerous day to drive in the U.S. It also has the highest percentage of fatal crashes involving alcohol or incidents of driving under the influence, with an average of 47 percent.

The company made these determinations after studying a decades' worth of traffic data and fatality rates. It enabled them to also pinpoint the riskiest day to drive for residents of all 50 states. Here in Kentucky, that's July 5th.

The days preceding and following holidays where drinking is common had higher rates of fatal crashes than days not closely linked with celebrations and alcohol consumption.

Keep those statistics in mind as you and your family make your way to your July 4th holiday destination over the coming days. Ensuring that safety is your number one priority can help you avoid highway disasters.

If you wind up injured in a holiday collision, you may be able to hold the at-fault driver liable for your medical bills, as well as other expenses and damages.

Source: Lane Report, "Fourth of July most dangerous day to drive in the U.S.; July 5 most dangerous in Ky.," June 28, 2017

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