The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that between the ages of 5 and 34 more Americans die from car accidents than any other single cause of death. Most of us probably think that the best way to avoid car accidents is not to drink and drive, not to text while driving, and not to drive in excess of the speed limit. While following this advice is definitely prudent, there's a lot more to avoiding accidents than the obvious. The following information provides some interesting facts about when and how car accidents are most likely to occur.
The Most Dangerous Time of the Day to Drive
The most dangerous times to drive from a statistical point is between 5 and 7 pm. The roads are congested, drivers are tired and in a hurry to get home. There is a difference, however, between highest number of car accidents and actual fatalities. The National Safety Council states that traffic deaths are nearly three times higher at night than during the day. Problems with night vision, overall reduced visibility, and fatigue all play a part in these numbers. The morning hours, between 6 am and noon, are considered the safest hours of the day to drive. Drivers who must drive late at night should make sure their car is in good shape and that all headlights and tail lights are in working order.
The Most Deadly Day of the Week to Drive
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that Saturday is the most dangerous day of the week to drive. There is almost double the number of fatalities occurring on a Saturday than a week day. Friday usually comes in second as the most dangerous day of the week to drive. Tuesday is the safest day to drive. August, the only month without an official holiday in it, is the most deadly month to drive in. March comes in as the safest month to drive in.
The Worst Holiday to Drive On
While the top two run neck and neck as the most dangerous holidays to drive on, surprisingly it's not New Year's Eve but the Fourth of July that usually has the most accidents. This may be because the summer months have higher accident rates overall. The weather is generally better and people often drive at higher speeds. There's also more public awareness about not drinking and driving on New Year's Eve. Whatever the reason, you're better off staying out of your vehicle during the Fourth. July 3rd is usually in the number three spot as the most deadly date to drive.
Most Dangerous States to Drive In
Mississippi, Montana, and Wyoming have intermittently shared the title as the most dangerous state to drive in during recent years. Washington D.C. is the most dangerous city to drive through, with drivers averaging one accident every 4.8 years. The national average is only once every 10 years.
Types of Crashes
Rear-ending another vehicle is the number one type of automobile crash. The statistics vary on the percentages, with anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of all crashes happening when one driver rear-ends another. There are several things a driver can do to avoid being rear-ended. Start by checking side and rear view mirrors more often to see how closely someone is following from behind. Always try to identify an escape route if the vehicle behind you seems unable to stop. The shoulder on the road or a shallow ditch may be good options. And don't rush to stop signs and stop lights. The second most common type of accident happens at intersections when a vehicle is coming from the left or the right. If you have been injured in an accident, the Philadelphia car accident lawyers of the Lassen Law Firm will fight to get you maximum compensation.
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