Crash factors series: Timing

Are you more likely to be in a collision at certain times?

It makes sense that your odds of being in a vehicle crash go up when more cars are on the road. Which is why statistically, more crashes occur in late afternoon and evening (when most drivers are headed home from work). In the U.S., about 16% of fatal car wrecks occur between 3 and 6 p.m. each year.*

Another likely time period to be in a fatal crash is 6 p.m. to midnight, attributed to the affect alcohol and drowsy driving has on crash rates. Some holidays also see a jump in car crashes – the 4th of July is widely recognized at the most deadly day of the year to be on the road.**

In addition, your chance of being in a crash increases significantly on Saturdays, especially in the early morning hours. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 31% of fatal drunk-driving crashes occur then.

Regardless of timing, your odds of being in a car crash decrease exponentially when you avoid drunk and distracted driving and practice other safe driving behaviors – like wearing your seatbelt, using your car’s running lights and paying attention to your surroundings.

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