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Traffic Study Reveals Common Times for Car Accidents

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Updated February 3, 2020 | Auto Accidents |


At what time of day are car accidents most common? The results of a 2012 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 a statistic yourself.

Weekday Rush Hour

Probably the least surprising finding is that collisions are most common during the weekday afternoon rush. 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.

A Dangerous December

December tends to have the most crashes. 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, December generally brings snow and ice, both of which can lead to poor driving directions. Also, drivers tend to be out of practice in December when it comes to driving in winter weather, since the season is just beginning, so accidents naturally become more common.

Location, Location, Location

With an increased population comes a greater chance of collision, no matter the time of day. It’s simply a numbers game. In 2012, there were 126,910 collisions in urban areas, while there were only 22,849 collisions in suburban areas and just 13,060 in rural areas.

Contact an Auto Accident Attorney Today

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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