You might think that every time you get behind the wheel and drive through Houston, you have an almost equal chance of becoming involved in a wreck. Unfortunately, there are certain times and days when the risk increases.
Some people might assume that these more dangerous times occur during rush hour of the work week. According to Avvo, an online review site that conducted a study reported be the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most dangerous day to be on the road is Saturday. Furthermore, the safest day to be on the road is Tuesday.
The study found that the accident-related death rate on Saturdays was on average 53 percent higher than on Tuesdays. Friday and Sunday are respectively the second and third most deadly days to get behind the wheel. In addition, the study also found that the afternoon commute is more dangerous than the morning drive. Here are some factors that contribute to these trends.
NHTSA estimates that 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States in 2016 involved a driver with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. The majority of these car wrecks occur on the weekends and at night. According to NHTSA’s studies, approximately 26 percent of fatal car wrecks that involved a driver impaired by alcohol occurred during the weekend while 14 percent occurred during weekdays.
Another factor that contributes heavily to fatal car accidents is speeding and actually accounts for approximately 27 percent of all deadly collisions. In general, speeding is aggressive driving that endangers the driver and others on the road including motorists and pedestrians. When drivers speed, the risk increases for losing control of the vehicle which can easily result in a fatal collision.
While some days and times are more dangerous than others when it comes to getting behind the wheel, obviously, this does not mean you should completely avoid driving. However, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming involved in an accident during these high-risk times.
By adhering to the posted speed limit, avoiding alcohol and staying alert, you can reduce your chances of being part of a car wreck. Unfortunately, even if you follow all the traffic laws, you may not be able to avoid an accident with a negligent driver. If this happens, you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.