Thanks to the NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we now have access to information related to people’s driving habits on the road. This information includes vehicle related accidents, number of cars on the road, and traffic habits. The chances of getting into an accident on the road increases during certain periods; for instance, periods when more cars are driving on the roads, when driving conditions aren’t favorable, and periods of unfavorable weather conditions. However, the chances of getting into an accident skyrockets when there are more alcohol impaired drivers on the road. The most dangerous time of the week to drive is Saturday, followed by Friday and Sunday. The reason isn’t farfetched; the afternoon rush hour that occurs on Saturday is more than that of morning and other days. Vehicle car crashes on the road are rapidly increasing and it has been established that alcohol impaired driving and over-speeding are the two major drivers of car crashes. Over-speeding on the highway is a type of aggressive driving that endanger the driver, other motorists on the road and pedestrians thereby increasing the chances of road accidents.
According to a new survey conducted by Avvo, an online review and legal referral site using the data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 37,461 road deaths that took place in 2016, about 6,802 lives were lost to road accidents on Saturday. This figure is 53% higher than the 4,444 road deaths recorded on Tuesday which is the safest day to drive on the road.
Most drivers driving on the road during the weekend, Saturday especially are more reckless and careless. The analysis carried out by Avvo also found that Saturday afternoon is more dangerous than the morning because the afternoon rush hour is more than that of the morning. According to the survey carried out by Avvo, the road deaths that occurred in the afternoon between 4 p.m. to 6:59 p.m. was 85% higher than the deaths recorded between 7 a.m to 9:59 a.m..The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found drunk driving to be one of the major factors that cause fatal accidents on the road. In 2016, the agency recorded 10,497 deaths that occurred as a result of drunk driving. This shows that about 28% of the road deaths that occurred in 2016 involved or was caused by drunk drivers. speeding kills! About 27% of the road deaths that occurred in 2016 were attributed to speeding. When you think about it, you’ll see that these reports aren’t surprising. It all happened on Saturday when people are taking road trips, running errands, and enjoying the weekend. Saturdays see more people on the road, thus increasing the risk of road accidents.
While road accidents are inevitable and unfortunate since many drivers share the road, it’s advised that drivers using the roads should drive their vehicles responsibly and carefully while being considerate, respectful, and mindful of other road users.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call the Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Kahn Roven at 818-888-9171.