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When are Car Accidents Most Likely to Happen?

Unfortunately, auto accidents remain a serious public safety problem in Kentucky. According to the most recent Kentucky Traffic Collision Report, 151,580 collisions were reported in the state in the year 2014 alone. This crashes resulted in at least 22,958 injuries and 612 fatalities. The risk of an accident rises during certain hours of the day and during certain times of the years.

Most Dangerous Times for Car Accidents

When Car Accidents Most Frequently Occur in Kentucky

Night-Time Driving

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) data, 70 percent of all accidents occur during daylight hours. Although the vast majority of driving occurs during the day, the rate of night-time crashes is much higher than day-time accidents. Reduced visibility makes accidents a much greater threat at night. Further, the car crashes that happen at night tend to be more dangerous on average. Nearly 45 percent of all fatal accidents happen during nighttime hours.

Friday Driving

More accidents occur during the week than on the weekends. This is unsurprising since people drive more during the week. However, Friday stands out as a major outlier. A disproportionate amount of accidents happen on Fridays. The likely reason is because many drivers are in a rush to get home. According to the 2014 KYTC accident report, nearly 23,000 collisions happened on a Friday. That number is significantly higher than any other day of the week.

Fall and Winter Driving

While Louisville, KY only gets around 13 inches of snowfall each year, winter driving can still be treacherous. Adverse weather substantially increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents. Drivers have a legal obligation to slow down to adjust for the road conditions. But many drivers fail to adjust. The top four months for total collisions in Kentucky in 2014 were:

  1. October
  2. November
  3. December
  4. January

Holiday Driving

Finally, drivers need to be especially careful around the holidays. Each year, the holidays see a sharp uptick in the number of serious highway accidents. The primary culprit is drunk driving. Each year, holiday crashes take the lives of far too many Kentucky residents. The holidays that see the biggest spike in fatal car accidents are:

  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

If you are on the road during the holidays, please be sure to take extra care to get home safely.

Contact a Kentucky Car Accident Lawyer Today

At Harville Law Offices, PLLC, our dedicated auto accident lawyers have helped many injured victims obtain the full and fair financial compensation that they deserve. To schedule a free review of your accident claim, please do not hesitate to call us today at (502) 245-2333 or to contact us directly through our website. We represent victims in Louisville and the surrounding communities, including in Elizabethtown, Shelbyville, Owensboro and Henderson.