When are You Most Likely to Be in a Car Accident?
Car insurance companies estimate that everyone files a car accident claim once every 18 years. If you started driving at 16, odds are, you’ll be in an accident by the time you’re 34. Continuing that math, you’ll likely experience three or four vehicular accidents throughout your lifetime.
If you don’t like those statistics, practice safe driving habits—especially during times that you are most likely to be involved in a car accident.
4th of July: Most Deadly Day of the Year
The IIHS looked into the deaths resulting from auto accidents between 2005 and 2009, finding that July Fourth is the most deadly day of the year when it comes to car wrecks. It’s hard to say whether alcohol plays a role, or if night-time drivers are distracted by the fireworks shooting in the air around them. Sadly, when car accidents happen on the 4th of July holiday, they are likely to be deadly.
On average, the Fourth of July brings 144 driving-related fatalities each year, and teens account for nearly 10% of these deaths.
Thanksgiving Weekend: Most Traveled Holiday
Thanksgiving is a time when families come together to celebrate. Often, this means driving across towns or even across the country. This brings Thanksgiving weekend to the top of the charts for the most traveled weekend of the year. Simply having that many cars on the road increases chances for being in a wreck.
If you’re planning on driving this Thanksgiving, please be cautious. While you might not have seen your extended family in years, nothing is worth speeding across U.S. highways. You not only jeopardize your own life, but also the lives of other Americans who are just trying to drive home for the holidays.
Saturday: Most Dangerous Day of the Week
Your chances for being in a car accident increase exponentially on Saturdays. It’s not hard to guess why. Friday and Saturday nights are often filled with alcohol, and drivers who are convinced that they drive better when they’re drunk. As a St. Louis car accident law firm, we see how quickly one bad decision can turn into a lifetime of suffering.
Unsurprisingly most of the accidents that lead to Saturday being the most dangerous day of the week happen in the wee hours of the morning, and late at night: the times drunk drivers are most likely to be on the road. Which leads us to…
11:00pm—3:00am: Most dangerous Time of Day
Again, alcohol plays a large role in these statistics. But since we talked about that already, let’s look at drowsy driving instead. Lately, drowsy driving discussion goes hand-in-hand with the debate on trucking industry regulations. Any day of the week, semi-trucks can be found on the road late at night. Too often, truckers are trying to meet nearly impossible deadlines. To do so, they stay up late and wake up early, but coffee and energy drinks can’t stave off the drowsiness forever.
Not to mention, truckers aren’t the only ones that are tired. If you’re on the road between 11:00pm and 3:00am, you are probably pretty tired too. If a semi-truck or even another car starts to drift, your reaction time won’t be as quick as it would in the middle of the afternoon.
Keeping the Odds in your Favor
Clearly, what we’re trying to say is that, should the 4th of July fall on a Friday, you better get home by 11:00.
But really, if you’re on the road during a dangerous time, be aware and alert. The texts can wait. If you are involved in an accident, give us a call. 314-444-4444.