The Time Most Car Accidents Happen
Understanding the time most car accidents happen is not just interesting. It can help you avoid specific hours, days or times of the year when you are more likely to be in a collision that results in injury or could even be fatal. As a bonus, not driving during these times can help save you on your monthly insurance rate.
So when are motor vehicle accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and bike accidents most likely to occur and what precautions can you take?
Rush Hour Traffic
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), car accidents are more likely to happen when people are heading home from work between 3pm and 6pm due to increased traffic on the roads and congestion.
Leaving work a little earlier or later can lower your risk of being in a car accident during rush hour.
Driving after the sun has gone down is more risky than driving during the daylight hours. Poor visibility at night is largely to blame for this increase in traffic accidents. Drunk drivers are also more likely to be on the road at night.
If you are driving at night, stick to well-lit roads and be extra vigilant.
Dusk And Dawn
Driving visibility is poorest at dusk and dawn and therefore contributes to more accidents occurring during these times. The fact that these are also peak driving times contributes to the increased risk.
Avoid driving at dawn or dusk especially if you are driving directly into sunlight.
Although there is significantly less traffic on the roads on weekends, Saturdays is another time most car accidents happen. This is however mainly due to drinking and driving rather than congestion on the roads.
Don’t drink and drive and be wary of drunk drivers on the roads on Saturdays.
August statistically has the most accidents of any month in the year followed closely by July and September. This is mainly due to the holidays at this time and the increased number of young and inexperienced drivers on the road during spring and summer break. May to August is referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teens on the roads.
The 4th of July is statistically the most dangerous day to drive. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve as well as Memorial Day are also risky driving days. An increase in alcohol consumption during these periods contributes greatly to the increased accident and death toll on the roads.
Be aware of young drivers on the road and alcohol consumption that could lead to car accidents. If you are involved in a car accident, you will need the services of a personal injury lawyer who specializes in car accidents.
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