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Updated February 22, 2023
At what time of day are car accidents most common?
The results of a 2018 Indiana traffic study show the most likely times for drivers to get into a car crash on state roads and highways. While some statistics are unsurprising, others offer insight that can help you avoid becoming an accident statistics yourself.
Probably the least surprising finding is that collisions are most common on weekday afternoons during rush hour (3:00–5:59 pm). Drivers at these times are often stressed and rushed, two factors that can lead to negligent driving habits. Factors such as following too closely, passing incorrectly, and speeding tend to peak at these times. Driving defensively in the evening rush can help you avoid harm.
Late fall and winter tend to have the most crashes—specifically October, November, and January. Factors include the additional hours of darkness compared to summer months and increased holiday chaos.
Of course, weather plays a role as well. In the Midwest, winter generally brings snow and ice, both of which can lead to poor driving directions. Also, drivers tend to be out of practice when it comes to driving in winter weather, since the season is just beginning, so accidents naturally become more common.
On average, daytime collisions are more common than nighttime collisions. However, for crashes involving hit-and-runs, drugs or alcohol, or high speeds, the highest proportion occurred between midnight and 5:59 am on all days of the week.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident, you are urged to contact the attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. An Indianapolis car accident lawyer from WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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