Dangerous Days & Times on the Road

Did you know that certain days and times are more dangerous than others for drivers? Car accidents can occur at any time, but when do the most crashes happen? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some interesting insight into this question with data from 2013.

Car Accident Injuries by Day in 2013 (listed from most to fewest):

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Friday: 258,000
Tuesday: 243,000
Wednesday: 238,000
Thursday: 234,000
Monday: 221,000
Saturday: 216,000
Sunday: 181,000

The time of day also had an effect on the number of crashes each day. Several factors may lead to crashes at different times of the day, such as more cars on the road, speeding, distracted drivers, or even tired drivers.

Car Accident Injuries by Time of Day in 2013 (listed from most to fewest):

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3pm to 6pm: 387,000
Noon to 3pm: 306,000
6pm to 9pm: 236,000
9am to Noon: 208,000
6am to 9am: 199,000
9pm to Midnight: 125,000
Midnight to 3am: 78,000
3am to 6am: 52,000

If you are unable to avoid the roads on the days and times with the most car accidents, there are other ways to maximize safety while driving. Putting away all distractions, such as cell phones, allows you to focus on the road and be aware of any potential dangers. Driving at the posted speed limit can also help reduce the chance of an accident. Wearing your seat belt is also essential when driving during the most common crash times. While the seat belt will not stop a car accident from happening, it can help to prevent possible injuries and fatalities.

If you have been in an car accident and are dealing with the related injuries, please visit http://www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.

Seat Belt Safety

seat beltEvery time you get into a car it is important to wear your seat belt. Not only because it is the law, but because it could help prevent injuries and potentially save your life.  Each year thousands of lives are saved by seat belts.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, an estimated 12,584 lives among passengers age 5 and older were saved in the United States.  Of this estimate, 750 lives were saved in Florida by the use of seat belts.  An additional 2,800 lives, including 179 in Florida, could have been saved with proper seat belt use.

In order for seat belts to provide maximum safety, proper use and fit is necessary. Proper use of your seat belt can help make the difference in the event of an accident.

In order to maximize safety here are a few do’s and don’ts for seat belt use:

Don’t forget to put on your seat belt
Do wear your seat belt at all times and make sure all passengers do as well

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 87% of vehicle occupants nationwide wear their seat belts.  In the state of Florida the estimate is 88.8%.  While these percentages have slowly risen from previous years,  they suggest that many people are still going without a seat belt.

Don’t place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm
Do place the shoulder belt across your chest

Don’t place the lap belt across your stomach
Do place the lap belt low on the hips

Both the shoulder belt and the lap belt are necessary for sufficient restraint. Using one without the other does not allow for satisfactory performance of the seat belt.  Proper positioning of the seat belt is also essential for the prevention of internal injuries.  The shoulder belt across your chest and the lap belt across your lower hips allows the force of collision to be spread over the body’s strongest areas, which helps to minimize possible injuries.

Don’t wear your seat belt loosely
Do make sure your belt fits closely to your body

Ensuring that your seat belt is close to the body is also important.  If your belt is too loose you are not restrained correctly and may sustain injuries from the belt itself in the event of an accident.

So remember always wear your seat belt close to your body with the shoulder belt across your chest and the lap belt low on the hips.  With improper use of the seat belt you are increasing the likelihood of injuries to the spine, abdomen, lower back, and the neck.  By following these do’s and don’ts for proper seat belt use, you are taking the necessary steps to lessen the potential of seat belt related injuries in the event of an accident.

If you have pain resulting from a seat belt related injury due to an accident, please visit us www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.