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August 2 is the deadliest day of the year for car wrecks in the U.S.

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 20:11:38-04

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says August 2 is the deadliest day of the year for car wrecks in the United States.

They say that’s based on the average number of car crash fatalities from 2012 until 2016 each day. Their calculations show a total of 505 people were killed on that day over the five-year span. On average 101 people die from car wrecks on August 2 every year. 

The Institute says what makes this random day so dangerous is a combination of sunny skies and vacation travelers. 

California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Efrem Moore says distracted driving is also a factor. 

"Some of the main causes are unsafe turning and speeding," Moore said. "A big problem today is distracted driving with people on their cell phones. They’re not paying attention to the road, they’re looking at their cell phones or reading, they’re looking at maps where they’re going, it’s just a hazard behind the wheel."

He says to avoid a crash, remember good driving habits like paying attention to the road and not looking at your phone. 

A list of the top deadliest days for traffic accidents:

Days Total Deaths 2012-2016 Yearly Average
Aug. 2 505 101
July 4 495 99
Oct. 25 488 98
May 3 487 97
Nov. 1 487 97

In total, the month of August accounted for 15,914 deaths during the study’s span.