Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life and occur every day. Driving a car is the riskiest thing a person does on a day to day basis. There is no way to avoid car accidents altogether, the only thing you can do is take precautions against them.
Some safety precautions include:
- wearing a seat belt
- using the correct signals
- turning off flood lights when there’s oncoming traffic
Another safety precaution you can take is to be aware of the time of day when traffic accidents are most likely to occur.
According the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 the most dangerous hours to drive were between 3-9 p.m. with the highest percentage of them occurring between 6-9 p.m. – rush hour.
Although most fatal crashes occur during the evening rush hour, the percentage of these that are alcohol related are relatively low. Thirty-three percent of accidents that occur during rush hour are due to alcohol, which the NHTSA defines as a driver with the BAC of .08 or higher.
It is evident that the later it gets, the more likely alcohol related accidents are to occur. In 2010, 53 percent of fatal accidents between 9 p.m. and midnight involved alcohol. From 12:01 p.m. to 6 a.m. more than 70 percent of accidents were alcohol related.
Ultimately, the more people there are on the road, the more likely it is there will be an accident. If you must drive during this time make sure you are aware of other drivers on the road and take the right safety precautions.
If you were injured in an auto accident, call the McMinn Law Firm for a consultation.