The holidays are always a big time for travel, with so many people going to visit their families and getting time off from work. Naturally, you may assume that you'd be increasing the risk of an accident if you traveled on Christmas Day.
That's not actually true. If you have to travel, some studies of the data have shown that Christmas Day is the best day to travel, with the fewest accidents.
The days where the risk is highest surround the holiday. Typically, there is a jump on the 23rd and on Christmas Eve, followed by the drop on Christmas Day. After that, there's a spike again for a few days after the holiday, with the 27th as one of the most dangerous.
While this is important information to have, it's not shocking to see the numbers back up people's natural travel patterns. Most people try to get a few days off around the holiday, with those who can't rushing out after work on Christmas Eve. Though Christmas Day spurs all of this travel and increases the danger, most people are already at their destinations by the time that morning rolls around. They then relax with family and start heading back in the days after the holiday.
Plus, many people try to leave early to beat the rush. This just means that there is an even earlier rush, raising the odds of a crash.
Traveling may be impossible to avoid this holiday season. If you're involved in a wreck and injured as a result, be sure you know whether or not you can get financial compensation.
Source: Travel And Leisure, "The Worst Time to Drive This Christmas," John Patrick Pullen, accessed Dec. 07, 2016