When drivers get behind the wheel, there is a seemingly endless list of hazards that they face. This can range from bad drivers, drunk drivers, poor weather, or badly maintained roads. Despite the many variables involved, there is evidence suggesting that the time of day does influence the likelihood of a car accident or collision.
While crashes can happen at any time of the day, drivers should always be careful and defensive when driving. However, being aware of the increased risk can enable drivers to make better decisions when it comes to their driving habits.
In 2019 alone, there were 33,244 fatal vehicle accidents, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The ranked segments are:
It is important to note that some of the most common times for accidents are from 3 p.m. to midnight. This will prove to be surprising to a lot of people that there aren’t higher statistics when people are tired. The top two are likely linked to the high number of vehicles on the road during rush hour.
Dusk is also a dangerous time to drive as it is difficult to see obstacles and hazards that could be detrimental to your health and safety. On top of that, it is important to note that Saturday is the most dangerous day for deadly crashes (16.8%), while Wednesdays are the safest (12.7%).
Even though there are safer times and days to drive, statistically, you’re still not completely safe at any time. It is always in your best interest to exercise defensive driving habits when you are behind the wheel. Some drivers, however, will not follow this advice.
Even the most careful drivers may find themselves in car accidents when running errands or commuting. At the end of the day, it comes down to taking all the necessary precautions to stay safe. However, no matter how safe you are, you can still get into an accident due to many variables.
Luckily, there are legal options available to hold others accountable for their actions. For more information, contact the team at Duncan Firm today.