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The Most Dangerous Times and Places to Travel

Learn when and where the most accidents happen.

The Most Dangerous Times and Places to TravelAs a Phoenix car accident attorney will tell you, a car accident can happen at any time, often close to home and when we least expect it.  However, there are some times and places where accidents are more likely — particularly fatal collisions.  That’s according to a study from the Auto Insurance Center, based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s report on traffic fatalities.

The Auto Insurance Center went through five years of accident reports from the NHTSA to determine when and where most accidents happen.  Some of their findings are not surprising — such as that the most dangerous days of the year involve holidays (July 4, New Year’s Day after midnight and Labor Day weekend).  But others may shock you, and might change your driving habits.

According to this study, Saturday is the most dangerous day of the week to drive, and most deadly accidents occur during the evening commute hour, starting at 5 p.m.  The safest time to drive is during the early morning.  Summer months tend to mean more people on the road, which leads to an increase in fatal car accidents in June, July and August.

Certain highways are more dangerous than others, with a high number of accidents occurring on Interstate 10, Interstate 95, Interstate 40, Interstate 75 and U.S. 1.  These roads all have relatively high speed limits and a lot of travelers — making it all the more likely that crashes will occur there.  Three states have the highest number of traffic-related deaths: Wyoming, Mississippi and Montana.

This study did not just look at where and when deadly crashes occurred.  It also examined the causes of these fatal accidents.  The top three causes of fatal car accidents are not wearing a seat belt, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and speeding.

So what can we learn from the Auto Insurance Center’s examination of NHTSA data?  First, it’s important to remember that just because a particular time or place is more dangerous than others does not mean that a car crash will occur if you drive on that road or at that time.  Second, there are ways that you can reduce the risk of being in a fatal car accident.  This includes being extra cautious when traveling on major interstates, driving on holidays and traveling during rush hour or in the summer.  You should also take care to always wear a seat belt, to drive at a safe speed and to never drink and drive. Following these guidelines won’t prevent all accidents — but it can potentially lower the likelihood that an accident will be deadly.

If you have been hurt in a car accident, you will need a skilled car accident attorney.  In Phoenix, contact the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 or info@larryhparker.com.  We will help make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries, whether through aggressive negotiations with an insurance company or by taking your case to court to demonstrate to a jury that you deserve an award for the injuries that you have suffer.  Initial consultations are always free, and we never charge a fee unless we get money for you!

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