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DUI fatalities peak on the Fourth of July

All too often on the roads of Wyoming, drunk drivers are causing crashes and sometimes killing themselves or others. The average summer day sees an average of 26 people die in DUI crashes across the U.S. However, that risk for a fatal DUI crash goes up nearly 60% on the Fourth of July. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Independence Day is the deadliest of the major U.S. holidays.

From 2010 to 2017, for example, there were 1,192 DUI fatalities on the Fourth of July. The fatality rate was calculated as 42.4 per day. Memorial Day came in second with 1,105 deaths in those eight years and a fatality rate of 39.5. Then came Labor Day (38.1), New Year's (31.7), Thanksgiving (27.9) and Christmas (27.7).

It should also be noted that Independence Days that fall on a weekday are the more dangerous. The average DUI fatality rate for these is 43.4, compared to the 36.3 seen by weekend Independence Days. Wednesday is the worst day that the Fourth of July can occur on with a fatality rate of 52.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense. First-time offenders may even face jail time for up to one year, not to mention fines, a suspension of their driver's license and higher insurance rates.

When drunk drivers cause a car accident and when that accident involves injuries on the other side, their insurance company may face a claim. Victims who are not more than 50% to blame for a crash are eligible for compensation in this state, but they may wish to have legal representation before they head to the negotiation table or to the courtroom. A lawyer might also be helpful when victims are trying to gather proof of the other's negligence.

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