A person dies every 16 minutes from fatal car accidents.
Car accidents can occur anytime and without warning, leaving the victims injured or dead. Car accident fatalities are a huge threat when traveling on highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, 32,675 people were killed in car accidents. A person died every 16 minutes in motor vehicle accidents. The data from the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System was reviewed by the Auto Insurance Center, and they made some startling revelations regarding who is at the most risk, the most dangerous interstates, and the deadliest time to travel.
The Deadliest Time to Travel
The Auto Insurance Center reviewed five years of NHTSA crash reports. They came to the conclusion that the deadliest days of the year for fatal car accidents are July 4th, New Year’s Day, and Labor day weekend. According to the study, almost 100 deaths occur on these days each year. In addition, August 2nd and 27th are consistently proving to be deadly each year, though there are no clear reasons for this.
The safest time to travel on the roads is during the early morning hours. The deadliest time of the day is between 5:00-6:00 PM, which is possibly related to the evening rush hour traffic. Saturday is the deadliest day of the week, followed by Sunday and Friday. The three months from June through August are the deadliest months of the year. This could be attributed to the fact that summer road trips mean more drivers on the road and it is likely that many of these drivers may be sleep deprived and have little knowledge of the area they are traveling in.
The Deadliest Highways
The states of Mississippi, Wyoming, and Montana witness the most number of car accident fatalities per capita. The top 5 deadliest highways were reported as:
- U.S. 1
- Interstate 10
- Interstate 40
- Interstate 95
- Interstate 75
The main causes of fatal car accidents are:
- driving under the influence
- failure to wear a seat belt
Safety Tips While Driving
- Do not drink and drive.
- Wear a seatbelt at all times.
- Adhere to the posted speed limit.
- Avoid traveling on July 4th, New Year’s Day, and Labor Day weekend.
- Drive with care when traveling on I-10, I-95, and I-40.
- Use extra caution during rush hours, weekends, and the summer months.
Chicago Auto Wreck Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, speak to a Chicago auto wreck attorney for legal advice. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.