Before we head off to ring in 2009, consider an analysis from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and reported by the New York Times earlier this week. Motor vehicle crashes in the United States result in more than 100 deaths per day, but certain days stand out as particularly risky, according to the IIHS. Its study of accident data from 1986 to 2002 reveals that July 4 (Independence Day) averaged the highest number of crash deaths (161) than any other day of the year. July 3 averaged the second highest number of deaths (149), while New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day ranked joint fourth with 142 deaths. However, New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day had the most deaths among pedestrians Ã¢â‚¬“ 410 on average Ã¢â‚¬“ compared with 401 total pedestrian fatalities on Halloween. Increasing travel around the holidays and alcohol impairment are contributing factors. Check out I.I.I. facts & stats on highway safety. Have a safe and happy New Year!