Many factors may contribute to a motor vehicle accident. From distracted driving or operating a vehicle while under the influence to speeding in poor weather conditions, when driving, you are often at the mercy of the decisions made by those with whom you share the road.
The truth is, you face a certain measure of risk each time you get behind the wheel. Research indicates that certain times are riskier than others.
The most dangerous days of the week
One study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that the deadliest day of the week on the roads in 2018 was Saturday. The highest number of fatal accidents occurred between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and midnight. Meanwhile, the highest number of non-fatal injury accidents took place on Fridays. It likely comes as no surprise that the most significant amount of injury accidents each day of the week occurred during rush hour between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The deadliest driving months
It seems that some months are more dangerous than others with regard to accidents on the roads. The statistics from 2018 compiled by the NHTSA show the months of September and October had the highest rate of deadly motor vehicle accidents. Meanwhile, March and April had the lowest mortality rate associated with roadway accidents. It is unclear the exact reason for this, but the amount of time spent on the road during these months likely plays a factor.
For most of us, motor vehicle transportation is a necessity of daily life. While the numbers indicate a decrease in fatal motor vehicle accidents over the past three years, it is essential everyone driving does their part to keep the roads as safe as possible:
- Focus on the road and never let distractions such as cellphones divert your attention.
- Obey speed limits and traffic laws.
- Never operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Expect that other drivers might make mistakes and be prepared to react quickly.
Whatever time, day or month you venture onto the highways, the decisions made by those you share the road with can have tragic consequences. Be aware, stay focused and travel safely. If an accident occurs, secure the legal counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney who can protect your rights and help you move forward in the best way possible.