WACO (July 3rd, 2012)--A new analysis of crash data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that July 4 is the deadliest day for teens on the road and is just as deadly for many other Americans driving alongside them during the independence day holiday.
The crash data was sent to News 10 in a statement released by Allstate Insurance Agency.
Based on the latest available data, more than 800 people were killed on July 4th from 2006-2010.
If those projections ring true for this year, an average of 140 people will lose their lives on July 4 due to fatal car crashes.
"It caught my attention because I assume that either Christmas or New Years is when there would be the most fatalities," Allstate agent David Wilson said.
According to Wilson, the month of July is just a deadly month overall for motorists.
"In the state of Texas we have on average over 250 people that we lose to car accident fatalities in July alone," Wilson said.
What's even more interesting, is teens account for nearly 10% of the fatalities that occur during the Independence Day holiday.
"It's the worst travel date for teens," Wilson said.
Many may think that on a day like July 4th, alcohol would be the main cause of fatal teen car accidents--but it's not. Driving distractions are the largest factor, Allstate says the most common one is texting.
"Distractive driving causes more fatalities than drinking and driving does," Wilson.
Wilson says, considering the annual amount of fatalities that the holiday brings, it's important to practice good driving techniques during the Independence Day holiday.
"If you're gonna be out driving, do your texting and cell-phoning when you're not driving."