Driving in Colorado: Are Certain Times More Dangerous Than Others?
Many drivers who travel area roadways on a routine basis are quite aware of the fact that certain times of day are busier than others. When there are more automobiles on the road, the chances of being involved in a collision increase. However, the risks aren’t simply limited to a certain time of day. Roadway dangers can exist throughout the year during certain seasons, as well as during the days and weeks surrounding holidays.
A Look at the Stats
The latest crash data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2014 indicates that approximately 30,000 fatal collisions occurred throughout the U.S., most of which took place in October. November, however, was the deadliest month, and the administration noted that the fatalities during that month may have been weather related around the holiday season.
Additionally, the NHTSA found that the bulk of alcohol-related collisions took place between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., which is typically the timeframe when most individuals frequent clubs and bars and then attempt to drive themselves home. Also, statistically, rush hour (3 p.m. up to 9 p.m. in many areas across the country) contributes to an increase in collisions. In 2014, there were a little over 4,700 fatalities between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and approximately 5,000 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
As most of us know, the holidays can be some of the most dangerous times to drive, as the amount of automobiles and drivers is often quite high. Whether those on the road are going to visit family and friends for the holidays or simply attending a holiday party, the combination of more drivers and increased drinking can make it much more likely that a car accident will take place.
Contrary to what many people think, New Year’s Eve is not the most dangerous holiday to be on the road. As a matter of fact, statistics show that between the years of 2009 and 2013, the deadliest day for driving was the 4th of July, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Last year, MSN.com compiled a list of the 10 most dangerous driving days. Topping the number one spot was Memorial Day weekend, while the second and third spots were occupied by the beginning of daylight saving time and Black Friday, respectively. The remaining spots were held by NFL game day, Friday the 13th, New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day.
As everyone continues to enjoy traveling to see their loved ones throughout the rest of the summer, we at Levine Law encourage all drivers to take things slow and drive carefully to ensure everyone’s safety. And of course, it bears repeating: do not drink and drive. If you plan on drinking, you are encouraged to make plans to have someone else drive you home.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car collision, contact a Denver accident attorney at Levine Law as soon as possible to learn more about your rights under the law.