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IIHS says 40% of fatal car wrecks happen on 4th of July weekend

We all know that holiday weekends are the worst times of the year for drunk driving. Too many people take a three-day weekend as an excuse to drink and drive and put other people in serious danger.

You may have seen your share of impaired drivers on the streets and highways of Honolulu during the recent Independence Day weekend. In fact, the 4th of July holiday is the worst U.S. holiday for fatal DUI accidents out of any time period on the calendar, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and insurance company Esurance.

Nearly 200 deaths per year

In an article in Fortune, the IIHS says that 40 percent of all highway deaths that occurred in the U.S. between 2007 and 2011. On average, nearly 200 people are killed in car accidents during the four-day holiday period every year.

Travel and drinking

This shocking number is likely due to the combination of travel and drinking associated with the Fourth. Prior to the holiday, Fortune estimated that 37.5 million Americans would drive at least 50 miles from home at some point between June 30 and July 4. In addition, most of the activities we do during the holiday -- camping, cookouts, baseball games, and so on -- often involve drinking alcohol. The combination of liquor and driving is so often deadly.

Hopefully, you were not involved in a collision with a drunk driver, though if you were, you should consider consulting with a personal injury attorney. You are likely receiving extensive medical care that is necessary but very expensive. Those bills should be paid for by the person responsible for your injuries.

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