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Fatal car accidents tend to happen later in the summer 

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2024 | Personal Injury |

A fatal car accident could happen at any time of day, from the morning rush hour to just a few minutes before midnight. In fact, many accidents happen extremely early in the morning, such as at 1:00 or 2:00 AM.

One thing that you find when you look at the statistics is that fatal crashes are more likely later in the day. But even that changes with the season. The risks you face during the summer are not the same as the risks you face during the winter, at least from a statistical perspective.

How big is the difference?

There’s a difference of a few hours. For example, in December, it’s most likely for there to be a fatal accident after 4:00 PM and before 8:00 PM. In July, on the other hand, the risk is greatest after 8:00 PM and before midnight. When researchers divide the day into four-hour sections, it becomes clear that fatalities take place later in the day during the summer months.

There are a few potential reasons for this, one of which is just that there are longer daylight hours in the summer. People are more likely to be out and about, whereas they head home earlier in the winter. 

Additionally, some drivers – like college students – have a significantly different schedule in the summer. They may stay up later because they don’t have to wake up early for classes in the morning. Fatal accidents involving teenage drivers also go up every summer.

What are your options?

Even if you drive safely, you could be injured in an accident that someone else causes. You need to know what options you have to seek financial compensation for medical bills and more.