Car accidents are unpredictable. You can be involved in a collision no matter what time it is or where you are. Most drivers are aware that various weather conditions affect driving. However, there are other specific times that motorists are at a higher risk for collision. In Florida, afternoon rush hour tends to be a prime time for accidents due to the sheer volume of traffic on the road.
Read on to learn more about some of the most dangerous times for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians so you can take extra precautions as you travel.
Afternoon Rush Hour
The afternoon rush hour tends to be more dangerous for drivers than the morning rush. The reason? There’s a variety of factors that contribute to these noon-time crashes, including:
- Distractions like phone calls and texts
- Aggressive driving and speeding as people hurry to get home
- Teenage drivers leaving school
- The prevalence of school buses and delivery vehicles
- Drowsy driving
We tend to be stressed and preoccupied with the late afternoon after a long day at work, and this contributes to the higher accident rates during the afternoon rush hour.
Evenings and Weekends
The period from midnight to 3 a.m. is the most dangerous time to be on the road on the weekend. Nighttime crashes are more likely to occur at high speeds and result in severe injuries, which makes being on the road after leaving the bar or a party all the more frightening.
Floridians often drive drowsy, which naturally slows their reaction time. Late-night accidents are also more likely to involve semi-trucks and commercial vehicles, which may be carrying hazardous materials. The more massive the machine, the more likely it is to cause life-threatening damage. Finally, while police are vigilant, there will still be those who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, putting fellow commuters and pedestrians at risk.
Dangerous Holidays for Florida Drivers
In addition to certain times of day, particular times of the year are also more dangerous for drivers. For teens, this includes summer vacation, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Holidays, particularly Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the Fourth of July, also increase accident risks. More people are distracted, trying to get places in a hurry, and may be abusing alcohol or narcotics, making them a threat to the safety of others.
If you’ve been in a car accident and sustained injuries or property damage, you may be eligible for compensation. A Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer with Salpeter Gitkin, LLP can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. We can analyze the facts of your case to determine whether you can seek compensation from the liable party and serve as your legal representation throughout the claims process. Contact us today at 954-467-8622 for a free case evaluation.