When Do Car Accidents Happen?

When Do Car Accidents Occur?

There is no way to predict when a car accident will happen. It’s an unfortunate reality that a car accident can happen anywhere, at any time—when you’re going to work, taking the kids to school, or simply going to a nearby grocery store. No matter when a car accident happens, it’s never ideal or convenient.

While there is no way to predict a car accident, there are some times when car accidents are more likely to occur.

On the average day, the most dangerous time is between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. This is because during the late afternoon and early evening, the roads are packed full of commuters. If they are thinking about a big project, planning dinner, or unable to resist the temptation of a ringing phone, they could easily cause an accident. Additionally, many drivers tend to drift into an “autopilot” mode when driving on familiar roads. This decreases their alertness to their surroundings. Even if everyone on the roads between 3 and 6 PM is a perfectly responsible driver, the increase in traffic leads to a natural increase in car accident risk.

After the evening commute, the second deadliest time is between 9:00 PM and midnight. Unlike at rush hour, the roads aren’t as crowded during this time period. However, alcohol plays a much bigger role. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, alcohol was the cause of 53% of fatal accident during this time period. Past midnight, the statistics get even worse: 71% of fatal crashes between midnight and 6:00 AM involve an intoxicated driver. After 9:00 PM, the roads become more dangerous not only because of drunk drivers, but because of decreased visibility. Pair a dark road with an intoxicated driver, and there is sure to be trouble.

Crash Frequency can Increase During the Holidays

Certain holidays also lead to an increase in car accidents. The obvious culprits include big drinking holidays like New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day. But since many holidays lead to an increase in travel, any holiday is likely to see a slight uptick in car accidents. The weekends around Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July see a larger-than-normal amount of car accidents.  Even the most joyous and family-oriented holidays, like Christmas, can lead to an increase in car accidents.

Accidents can happen at any time, particularly when drivers are drunk or distracted. During rush hour, nighttime, and holidays, be extra alert of bad behavior on the roads. You can never anticipate what might happen, but through safe driving, you can do your part to prevent a car accident.


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