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Where and When Do Car Crashes Happen the Most?


Car accidents are daily events in Houston and all throughout Texas. They can happen on any road and at any time of the day. However, statistics show that there are places and times of the day where and when they happen the most.

In 2021, there were 13.2 million car accidents in the United States, or more than 36,000 per day. Most of these accidents were caused by speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving, all which could have been prevented.

In 2021, Texas was at the top of the list for having the most fatal crashes, at 4,068. California was not far behind, at 3,983 fatal accidents. Rounding out the top five were Florida (3,451), Georgia (1,670), and North Carolina (1,535).

Most crashes happen at certain times of the day, and this varies based on the time of year. For example, in the spring and summer, most fatal accidents occur on Saturdays between 8 p.m. and midnight. From November through March, fatal motor vehicle crashes tend to occur between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., which is considered rush hour traffic. There are a lot of cars on the road during this time of day.

Car crashes are much more common during the summer months, when more people are out and about, especially teens with little driving experience who are on summer break. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the 100 Deadliest Days because the highest number of fatal traffic crashes occur in July, August, and October. However, many car accidents occur around certain holidays where travel is common, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In cities, car accidents are most common on highways. In rural areas, car accidents happen most often on local roads.

Drivers who are 16 to 24 years old are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash than older drivers. Speeding was the critical safety issue in accidents involving young drivers, with speeding a factor in 32% of fatal crashes involving teen drivers under the age of 18.

The lifetime odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash are 1 in 93, but note that this is just an average number. Your odds are much higher when you drive aggressively, exceed the speed limit, or spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel. Defensive driving skills can make you a safer driver and help build your confidence while behind the wheel.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Car accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, but there are times and places where they tend to happen the most. However, most car crashes are caused by human error and are largely preventable.

If you have been involved in a crash, get the help you need from a Houston car accident attorney from The West Law Office, PLLC. We’ll help you reach a full recovery – emotionally, physically, and financially. Schedule a free consultation today by filling out the online form or calling 281-347-3247.



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