Deadliest cities to drive in over Christmas weekend

Two cities tie for the most Yuletide fatalities on the road.

Stay safe if you’re hitting the road over the Christmas holiday. Christmastime ranks as the fifth most dangerous major holiday weekend to be on US roads, according to recent analysis conducted by finder.com.

We analyzed fatality data from 2011 to 2017 available for 48 states over major American holiday weekends, finding that the weekends around Christmas spike in road fatalities, with an average of 260 deaths annually. The data revealed a 33% increase in Christmas weekend road fatalities to 312 deaths in 2017, up from 234 deaths in 2016 .

Which cities were deadliest during Christmas weekend 2017?

At four fatalities each, Baltimore and Houston tied for most dangerous cities to be on the road around Christmas 2017. They’re followed by Miami, Florida; Green Acres, Florida; and Elk City, Oklahoma, at three road fatalities each.

Rank Deadliest city State Number of deaths
1 Baltimore Maryland 4
1 Houston Texas 4
2 Miami Florida 3
2 Green Acres Florida 3
2 Elk City Oklahoma 3

*Rankings are based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System data from December 23 to December 25, 2017.

What states were deadliest during Christmas weekend 2017?

Take care driving through Florida over Christmas. The Sunshine State accounted for 12% (38 deaths) of Christmas weekend fatalities in 2017. Florida was followed by Texas at 10% (32 deaths) and California at 7% (22 deaths).

Rank Deadliest state Number of deaths % of Total deaths
1 Florida 38 12%
2 Texas 32 10%
3 California 22 7%
4 Georgia 13 4%
5 Michigan 12 4%

*Rankings are based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System data from December 23 to December 25, 2017.

Most dangerous time to be on the road

Perhaps not surprising is that evening, after we’ve all had our fill of merriment, is the most dangerous time to get behind the wheel over the holidays.

The data revealed that 42% of all road fatalities over Christmas weekend 2017 occurred between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., with 130 fatalities. Closely following is the afternoon or evening, which accounted for 35% (109 deaths) of all road fatalities.

Time of day Number of deaths % of Total deaths
Morning 73 23%
Afternoon/evening 109 35%
Night 130 42%

*Rankings are based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System data from December 23 to December 25, 2017.

Drunk driving worst during night

Not only do dangers on the road increase at night, but it’s also when the most drunk-driving accidents occur. Of the 78 drunk-driving fatalities in 2017, 68% (53 deaths) happened between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Of the 130 accidents that took place at nighttime, 40% involved a drunk driver.

Time of day Number of deaths % of Drunk driving deaths
Morning 11 14%
Afternoon/evening 14 18%
Night 53 68%

*Rankings are based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System data from December 23 to December 25, 2017.

Purchasing the right car insurance

Most of us prefer to spend time with loved ones over Christmas without worrying about the stress of potential car accidents. To protect yourself financially, look for the best policy for your needs by comparing your car insurance options.

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