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Crash risks increase during 100 Deadliest Days

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and signals the start of the 100 Deadliest Days on the roads. This period, lasting until Labor Day, sees an increase in crash risks across the United States.

Several factors contribute to this rise in danger, making it important for drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution during these months.

More traffic

With the arrival of summer, more people take to the roads for vacations, road trips and outdoor activities. Increased traffic volume leads to a higher likelihood of accidents. As highways see more vehicles, the probability of collisions rises. This is especially true during peak travel times like weekends and holidays.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents during the 100 Deadliest Days. With the prevalence of smartphones and in-car entertainment systems, drivers often succumb to the temptation of texting, scrolling social media or adjusting music playlists while behind the wheel. These distractions divert attention away from the road. In doing so, they increase the chances of accidents occurring.


Teenagers out of school for the summer also contribute to heightened crash risks. Many young drivers lack the experience and maturity needed to navigate challenging driving conditions. The combination of youthful exuberance and inexperience can lead to reckless behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding and tailgating. These behaviors elevate the likelihood of accidents.

Impaired driving

The warmer months also coincide with an increase in alcohol consumption at social gatherings and events. This often results in more instances of impaired driving. Alcohol and drugs impair judgment, coordination and reaction times. Despite widespread awareness campaigns, impaired driving remains a persistent problem during the 100 Deadliest Days.

CBS News reports that there 7,316 teen driver-involved summertime crashes took place in the United States between 2012 and 2021. By taking precautions, motorists can work together to reduce the number of accidents and tragedies that occur during the summer months.