It’s New Year’s Eve, you have every excuse and every right to celebrate the fact that you survived the Mayan Apocalypse with a few drinks and a night on the town. Just make sure you look both ways before crossing the street, because New Year’s is the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians.
The Washington Post reports that 99 pedestrian deaths occurred on Jan. 1 between 1986 and 2002, making it the deadliest day of the year for accidentally stepping off the curb. Researchers for the Journal of Injury Prevention note that most of those deaths occur in the wee hours, and that 20 percent of pedestrian deaths year-round happen on New Year’s.
Ninety-nine deaths in 16 years and 20 percent death rate don’t sound like a lot, but it does represent a statistical majority.
And just because you’re in a car doesn't mean you’re safe, either. New Year’s Day has the fifth-highest number of car crash deaths year-round. The top of that list? July 4.