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What Time of Day or Year Are Car Accidents Most Common?

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on June 13, 2019

A head-on car crashThe lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau know that auto accidents can occur at any time and on different kinds of roads. However, our legal team also notices that car accidents tend to be more likely on certain days and during certain times of day. Knowing these trends and facts can help people in the Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, FL area avoid serious auto crashes.

We’d like to go over some national and statewide statistics about auto accidents during different times of day and on different days of the week. This should give you some perspective of the potential hazards when you get behind the wheel.

Florida Fatal Crash Statistics By Day of Week

According to reports and statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), here is a breakdown of fatal accidents by day in 2017:

  • Sunday - 504 fatal crashes
  • Monday - 364 fatal crashes
  • Tuesday - 390 fatal crashes
  • Wednesday - 389 fatal crashes
  • Thursday - 434 fatal crashes
  • Friday - 488 fatal crashes
  • Saturday - 547 fatal crashes

Florida Injury Crash Statistics By Day of Week

Here is a breakdown of confirmed incapacitating and non-incapacitating injuries by day in 2017 based on FLHSMV numbers:

  • Sunday - 2,887 incapacitating injuries; 8,851 non-incapacitating injuries
  • Monday - 2,688 incapacitating injuries; 9,988 non-incapacitating injuries
  • Tuesday - 2,836 incapacitating injuries; 10,714 non-incapacitating injuries
  • Wednesday - 2,853 incapacitating injuries; 10,522 non-incapacitating injuries
  • Thursday - 2,926 incapacitating injuries; 10,497 non-incapacitating injuries
  • Friday - 3,123 incapacitating injuries; 11,729 non-incapacitating injuries
  • Saturday - 3,067 incapacitating injuries; 10,136 non-incapacitating injuries

Florida Crash Statistics By Time of Day

Based on FLHSMV statistics for 2017, here is a breakdown of when the most accidents happened per day:

  • Sunday - Midnight to 4am and 3pm to 11pm
  • Monday - 6pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday - 6pm to 10pm
  • Wednesday - 6pm to 10pm
  • Thursday - 4pm to 11pm
  • Friday - 3pm to 11pm
  • Saturday - Midnight to 3am and 3pm to 11pm

On most weekdays, auto accidents tend to occur during after work commute hours. One weekends, accidents tend to happen in the afternoons, evenings, and the late night and early morning hours, particularly after midnight.

National Statistics on Car Crashes and Time of Day

Based on a 2011 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here is a breakdown of fatal crashes in 2009 by time of day:

  • 9am to noon - 2,934 fatal crashes
  • Noon to 3pm - 3,981 fatal crashes
  • 3pm to 6pm - 4,944 fatal crashes
  • 6pm to 9pm - 4,988 fatal crashes
  • 9pm to midnight - 4,359 fatal crashes
  • Midnight to 3am - 3,957 fatal crashes
  • 3am to 6am - 2,587 fatal crashes
  • 6am to 9am - 2,798 fatal crashes

National Statistics on Drunk Driving and Time of Day

Many drunk driving accidents typically occur at certain days and hours, which contributes to the total number of motor vehicle crashes each year. The previously cited 2011 NHTSA report found that 66 percent of alcohol-related fatal collisions in the year 2009 occurred between midnight and 3am.

Holiday Auto Accident Collisions

A 2008 report from the NHTSA noted a high number of alcohol-related fatalities during December holidays. The NHTSA notes that in December 2007, more than 35 percent of fatal accidents involving drivers age 21-24 involved alcohol impairment; for all of 2007, drivers in the 21-24 age range comprised 11 percent of all drivers in fatal collisions and 18 percent of all drivers in alcohol-related crashes.

The NHTSA had numbers on Florida’s December crash stats in 2007. Of the 558 fatalities in that month, 165 (30 percent) involved intoxicated drivers.

Contact the Lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau

If you would like more information about your legal options following an auto collision, be sure to contact our team of car accident attorneys. The attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau can be reached by phone in Daytona Beach at (386) 258-7313 and in Palm Coast at (386) 439-7760.

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