What Is The Most Dangerous Time Of The Day To Drive?


A car wreck can happen anytime, anywhere. But there are certain times of the day - and days of the week - when collisions are more common.

Let's take a look at 2014 crash statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, detailing what time of the day and what day of the week most happen on Texas roads: 

Most dangerous driving hour:

  • Fatal motor vehicle crashes: The highest number of fatal crashes occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 9:59 p.m. In 2014, there were 200 fatal car accidents that occurred during this hour.
  • Non-fatal wrecks: The highest number of non-fatal wrecks occurred between 5:00 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. In 2014, there were 39,669 non-fatal car accidents that occurred during this hour.

Least dangerous driving hour:

  • Fatal crashes: The least number of fatalities occurred between 9:00 a.m. and 9:59 a.m. In 2014, there were 79 fatal crashes that occurred during this hour.
  • Non-fatal incidents: The least number of non-fatal wrecks occurred between 4:00 a.m. and 4:59 a.m. In 2014, there were 5,460 incidents that occurred during this hour.

What Is the Most Dangerous Day of the Week to Drive?

  • Fatal car wrecks: A total of 622 fatal car wrecks occurred on Saturdays in 2014 in Texas.
  • Non-fatal crashes: A total of 81,711 non-fatal car crashes occurred on Fridays in 2014 in Texas.

So what does this data tell us? There are times of the day and days of the week when more crashes occur. This could be due to a number of factors - more cars on the road, inattentive driving, etc.

Regardless of the cause, it is important to practice safe driving habits and defensive driving techniques at all times. That means reducing distractions, avoiding drinking and driving, putting the phone down, and paying attention on the road.

If you have been injured in a car wreck in Texas, the Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, can help. To find out how we can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries and suffering, call for a free consultation at 800-580-9121.

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