The Most Dangerous Times To Drive On The Road
Being involved in an auto accident is enough to ruin anyone’s day, and this rings particularly true if you’ve been in an accident caused by another party’s negligence. It’s true that you’re more likely to be in an accident in certain times rather than others, but no time on the road is void of accident risk.
Regular Risk Times
There are certain points every day when you’re more likely to be in an accident than other times, and the reasons are obvious. When the roads are more congested, with more drivers travelling all at once, accident risk is higher than when the roads are empty. For this reason, rush hour is the single most common accident time on a day to day basis, when drivers are trying to get to and from work all at the same time.
Florida also sees quite a bit of precipitation, and when the skies open up and rains begin coming down, accident risk also grows higher. Even with mild road congestion, drivers will all be driving with limited visibility and slippery road conditions, which can cause fleeting moments of negligence unlikely to cause an accident in normal driving conditions to become big accident situations.
Certain times of the day also lead to more users using their cell phone while driving, leading to a higher risk of distracted driving accidents. While most states have limits or restrictions in place regarding cell phone use while behind the wheel, this doesn’t stop all drivers from reaching for their phone despite the risk it poses. According to findings from the EverDrive app, drivers are most likely to reach for their phones between the hours of 4 and 6pm, with 68% of drivers using the app using their phones for calls, texting, and even social media use during this time.
The same EverDrive app findings also showed that drivers are most likely to speed on the road on Thursdays and Fridays, when people are in a hurry to get home in order to enjoy the weekend at home or leave on a weekend trip. The app found that 15% of drivers partook in what was considered “risk acceleration during these days.
Risky Seasons And Holidays
Even when considering the regular daily or weekly risks, some times of the year pose their own unique additions to car accident likelihood. These times of year are more likely to involve intoxicated drivers, and those who have been out celebrating and insist on getting behind the wheel despite having too much. During the summer, particularly on weekends, drivers are more likely to encounter intoxicated drivers. In Florida, a popular vacation destination, summer brings out travelers who aren’t quite as familiar with roadways as locals, as well as those who may have been drinking and overindulging as part of their trip.
The Christmas and New Year holidays also pose a particularly high risk when it comes to coming across intoxicated drivers on the road. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study performed between the years 2001 and 2005 found that an average of 45 traffic fatalities occur on Christmas Day each year, while the number rises to 54 for New Year’s Day.
If you’ve been in a car accident in the state of Florida, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you to get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about what to do after you’ve been in an accident due to another party’s negligence, contact us at GetMeJustice.com today.