Have you ever wondered what the most dangerous times of the day and week are to drive? A study by the National Safety Council sheds some light on this important topic. Key takeaways of the study include:
- Rush hour is a consistent source of accidents: The daily peak for fatal and non-fatal crashes consistently falls between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. This is when the freeways are clogged with commuters and there is a constant flow of traffic in the streets and parking lots throughout the cities.
- Weekend bar traffic is dangerous: The accident levels spike around midnight on Friday and Saturday. This is when many people are driving home from a night out or perhaps driving from one bar to another. The risk of encountering an impaired driver is especially high at this time, so drive with caution. If you don’t need to be on the road at these hours, consider traveling at other times.
- Winter brings more fatal accidents during the day: From October through March, most fatal accidents take place during 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. This contrasts with the rest of the year, when more accidents resulting in death occur at night and over the weekends. Winter weather is not as pressing an issue in California, but these facts serve as a helpful reminder that driving in any type of inclement weather, including rain, increases the likelihood of a car crash.
Having a few facts in hand about the most dangerous driving times can equip us with the knowledge to avoid driving at certain times and exercising additional caution when we do.
Safety always comes first
Negligence can strike at any time on the road, so don’t let your guard down when driving during a supposedly “safe” time of the day or week. If a negligent driver injures you, make sure to explore all of the legal options available to you. You may be entitled to compensation.