Statistically, the weekday rush hour is the most dangerous time for drivers, with more road traffic accidents occurring during the morning and evening rush hours, from Monday to Friday, than weekends and other times of the day.
Car crashes: when is the worst time to travel?
Statistics from the AA revealed that the Friday rush hour in November is the worst time for drivers, with a higher risk of being involved in an accident than any other time of the year. Accident rates were particularly high between 5pm and 6pm. November holds the unenviable crown of most dangerous month in terms of car accidents, with 9.2 per cent of accidents occurring during this month; December comes a close second place, with 8.9 per cent of crashes.
Research published by the BBC, which includes data from all crashes reported to the police between 1999 and 2010 claims that car accidents are most common during the evening rush hour between 5pm and 7pm, with another peak between 8am and 9am. Motorbike accidents were much more frequent during the weekends, with most accidents occurring on British roads on Sunday afternoons.
Negotiating rush hour traffic: Preventing accidents on the road
If you commute on a regular basis or you do the school run every day, you will be familiar with rush hour traffic. The incidence of accidents is directly linked to the volume of traffic; however, there are other factors, which may increase the risk of being injured in a car crash and these include:
- rushing and driving too fast
- getting frustrated and becoming irritable due to traffic problems or anxiety about running late
- road works
Often, people assume that driving too fast is the main reason for collisions on the road, but driving slowly and crawling in traffic can also contribute to accidents. Motorists tend to get impatient when they are not moving anywhere and they may lose concentration or become distracted.Open Claim Calculator
Can I claim road traffic accident compensation?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you were not to blame, you may be able to make a claim for car crash compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice if you’ve been injured in a crash within the last three years, and you have the evidence to confirm that it was not your fault. Accident Advice Helpline is a reputable and dependable law firm, which was established in 2000.