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Collisions Common during Rush Hour

Bunch of cars in traffic

Everyone hates fighting through congested roads to get home in the evenings. The only thing that could possibly make the drive home worse? Getting involved in an auto accident at rush hour. According to statistics, the chances of being involved in a rush hour crash are good. Find out more about rush hour accidents below, and contact a lawyer who practices extensively in Idaho motor vehicle accidents if you’ve been involved in a rush hour crash.

More drivers result in more crashes

Any time more drivers are on the road, there is a greater chance that a crash will occur. The time of day when the most drivers are on the road at once is, of course, rush hour. According to analysts examining data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most common time for drivers to be involved in a crash resulting in property damage or nonfatal injuries is between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, while fatal accidents remain more likely to happen late at night and on weekends due to the problem of drunk driving. According to one study, 16% of all nonfatal crashes occurred during this time of day.

Why are evening rush hour crashes such a problem?

There are many cars on the road during both morning and evening commute windows, but experts speculate that crashes during evening rush hour are more common for several reasons, including:

  • Drowsiness: After spending many hours at work, drivers tend to be fatigued, lacking the mental acuity they need to give their full attention to the road ahead. According to recent research, drowsy drivers can be just as dangerous on the road as drunk drivers. Be sure you get all the sleep you need, and consider carpooling with a friend so that you’ll both stay awake. Also keep a lookout for drivers near you who are weaving through traffic or seem to be nodding off.
  • Sun glare: The low afternoon sun can be suddenly and unavoidably blinding for evening rush hour drivers. Make sure you’re ready by driving at a cautious speed when the sun is low and by using good sunglasses.
  • Distracted driving: sitting in slow-moving traffic seems like the perfect time to check your phone, but taking your eyes off the road for even a few moments can cause you to miss critical information and lose track of the flow of traffic.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash, contact the dedicated and knowledgeable Idaho personal injury lawyers at Pedersen & Whitehead for a consultation, in Twin Falls at 208 734-2552, and in Boise at 208-336-2552.