Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this past summer captured how even though fatal automobile accidents in the United States were on the decline for a number of years, their rates have recently increased. The data also shows that while Tuesday may be the safest day for a motorist to get out and drive around, Saturdays are the most dangerous.
The data compiled by the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System during 2016 reveals that 37,461 motorists lost their lives on U.S. roadways that year. Of those, 6,802 of them happened on a Saturday. This marks a 53 percent increase over the 4,444 that occurred on Tuesdays that same year. Friday and Sundays were the two other deadliest days of the year with 5,826 and 5,809 respective deaths.
That same data also reveals that the rates of fatal automobile crashes during the week are higher during rush hour in the afternoon as opposed to in the morning. While 6,201 fatal car crashes happened in between 4 p.m. and 6:59 p.m. in 2016, 3,345, or 85 percent less, occurred between 7 a.m. and 9:59 a.m.
The data also shows that 6,067 motorists died in car crashes during 7 p.m. and 9:59 p.m. that same year. This makes it the second deadliest time frame.
Often, the investigation into a car accident will show that it was caused by someone who was temporarily distracted or who exhibited a moment of bad judgment. Either way, that’s negligence. There’s a definite benefit to working with an attorney that believes in being ready to take a case into court if the other party won’t settle. If you’ve been victimized by another driver’s mistake, keep in mind that the insurance companies are never eager to offer a fair settlement. It sometimes takes an aggressive personal injury attorney to come to a resolution.