The Kansas Department of Transportation (KSDOT) has dedicated much of its
time to cataloguing all car accidents within the state. When carefully
analyzed, the data can help researchers and individuals alike understand
what is causing
car accidents so that they can be avoided and prevented in the future. At Hutton &
Hutton Law Firm, LLC, our Wichita personal injury lawyers may represent
clients that have been hurt by a negligent driver but we would much rather
no one ever get hurt at all. With this goal in mind, we have given some
analysis to KSDOT statistics, particularly those regarding major holidays
(2014 being the last year with full data gathered).
Rundowns of car accident statistics for a few 2014 holidays:
New Year’s Eve & Day
Campaigns promoting safe driving on New Year’s has apparently been
quite effective in Kansas. According to KSDOT statistics, the number of
accidents per hour dropped dramatically between 2013 and 2014 data sheets;
there were also no reported fatalities in 2014 and only 6 reported accidents
caused by a drunk driver.
Super Bowl Weekend
Compared to an average weekend, car accidents spiked about 60% on Super
Bowl weekend in Kansas. There was also a similar jump between 2013 and
2014, indicating that driving on this weekend is getting more dangerous.
Please be mindful of rush hours before and after the Super Bowl and chose
your route accordingly.
St. Patrick’s Day
Although the number of accidents over St. Patrick’s Day weekend
has been consistently less than an average weekend on Kansas roads, the
number of fatalities hit a 5-year high in 2014.
Statistics regarding Memorial Day weekend car accidents are similar to
an average weekend, indicating that either people do not travel far from
home to celebrate or people do not imbibe alcohol at an increased rate
for this holiday.
4th of July
2014 experienced a higher ratio of car accidents per hour in Kansas than
compared to the previous five years.
Out of all the holidays analyzed, Halloween proved to be one of the most
dangerous. Throughout the last five years, the number of accidents has
been consistently higher than a typical weekend in Kansas. There were,
however, only 8 pedestrian accidents in 2014 with 5 resulting in injury
and 0 resulting in death.
About 7% of all car accidents involving Christmas or a Christmas celebration
involved alcohol, a percentage that is higher than most other holidays.
In terms of accidents per hour, the Christmas season was relatively low,
even considering possible icy roads.
What the Statistics Mean to You
The KSDOT data tells the average Kansas motorist that a holiday weekend
is just as dangerous, or more so, than the average weekend. If you need
to travel for the holidays this year, please be careful and be mindful
of possibly intoxicated drivers on the roads. If you are in an accident
that is not your fault,
contact our Wichita car accident attorneys for honest, reliable, and responsive