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What Time of the Day Are Car Accidents Most Likely to Happen?

Posted onJune 10, 2022

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Car accidents happen regularly and at all times of the day. As we wake up and consider heading to work, picking up the kids from school, or making the rush hour drive home, we have all seen a fender-bender. Nobody wants to get stuck on the side of the road exchanging insurance information, so you might have asked yourself before, “What is the most likely time of the day (or night) to be involved in a car accident?”

According to IIHS, fatality accidents are most likely to occur in the 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. time range. Over 14,000 people were killed during this 2 hour period in a recent year. However, as a percentage of people on the road, 12:00 A.M. to 4 A.M. is the most deadly timeframe for driving. But what are some of the reasons for the disparity in death rates?

Read on for more information about deadly times on the road. Seek help from a car accident lawyer if you are injured in an accident

Night Driving

Driving at night creates a portion of the disparity. For one, nighttime driving reduces visibility, making worse reactions and prohibiting some of the evasive maneuvers drivers take to avoid an accident during the day. Additionally, nighttime drivers are less likely to wear a seatbelt at night. Speeding also factors into the equation, and, not surprisingly, more drunk drivers add to the problem. Speeding is a factor in approximately 30% of fatal crashes. The number of fatal crashes that are alcohol-related during the day, 18%, triples during the nighttime hours to 54%.

Predictably, the safest time to drive is in the early morning hours. Early in the morning, there are fewer drivers on the road as a whole and the drivers are less likely to speed, more likely to wear a seatbelt, and are much less likely to be operating a vehicle while intoxicated. There is only about 9% of peak-hour traffic during the early morning hours. Also, mid-week days tend to see fewer accidents, while weekends tend to increase the risk of a traffic accident.

Risk Mitigation

There are several things drivers can do to reduce the risk of traffic accidents, even during the more dangerous times. For one, drivers can wear a seatbelt. While this doesn’t reduce the likelihood of an accident during peak times, it will reduce the chance of severe injury or death. Also, remaining focused on the task of driving minimizes the likelihood of an auto accident considerably. According to AAA, 82% of drivers understand that distracted driving is a significant risk factor for being involved in a traffic accident. Despite this fact, approximately half of drivers admit to having talked on a cell phone while driving and almost 15% of drivers say they read or send text messages while behind the wheel. This behavior will increase your chances of being involved in an accident, especially when combined with the statistical peak hours already mentioned.

Bankrate also provides a helpful chart laying out the worst times and days to drive. While the data is less granular, they also find that the worst times to drive fall in a similar range, 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., is when they advise avoiding the road. Additionally, they find that Fridays tend to be worse than any other single day of the week. This is so because there is a much higher volume of drivers on the road than on different days of the week. On Friday, not only are their commuters making their weekly journey home, but travelers are beginning to hit the road for their weekend getaways. Finally, if you’re looking to reduce your chances of being involved in an auto accident, consider leaving for holiday travels earlier or later than usual.

Call Us Today for a Case Evaluation from a Tulsa Car Accident Attorney

If you weren’t so fortunate to avoid the peak times for driving and found yourself in an auto accident, we can help. The experienced attorneys at Wandres Law Injury & Accident Attorneys have extensive experience assisting clients with auto accident cases. Call us today for a case evaluation at (918) 641.4044 or contact us online. We are standing by and ready to help you win your case.

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