Many would think that summertime would be the highest time for deaths on the highways nationally. Indeed, it is one of the most dangerous times of the year, due to the large numbers of people traveling to vacation destinations. It also makes sense that weekends are deadlier than weekdays due to several factors, such as increase alcohol consumption. The highest number of deaths occur between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the lowest between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
But what might be eye-opening for some is that this time of year is also ranked high in the number of fatal crashes. This is all noted in a multi-year analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
July and August are actually the deadliest months, followed by June and then this month of October, with September not far behind. The fact that days start getting shorter in the fall, with dusk coming sooner, also enters into the equation. Dusk can be a most difficult time for driver visibility.
Motorcyclist deaths, by the way, account for 10 percent of fatalities. Experts agree that simply wearing a helmet could reduce this statistic dramatically.
For the record, January and February have the lowest daily tolls when the number of miles driven is much less, with New Year’s Eve an exception. Again, it should be no surprise that 4th of July is the day with the most crash deaths.
Among January days, New Year’s Day was an exception, the second-highest after July 4.
We’re Entering the Most Dangerous Period of the Year for Pedestrians
Walkers should also take heed. Pedestrian deaths, which comprise 12 percent of all traffic deaths during the study period, were generally highest in late November and early December, as days get shorter. January 1 was the worst single day for pedestrian deaths.
In a later article, we will provide more information on pedestrian safety and the potential liability for those who fail to keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice, especially in a business setting.
You should know that our family of attorneys at Tauber Law Offices puts your safety first. If you have been the victim of an accident caused by the negligence of others, please call us right away. Once we determine you have a case, we will stand on your side and fight for justice every step of the way. You never pay for an initial consultation.