You know you have to drive, as most of us do, but you also want to reduce your risk of getting into a car accident. You resolve to take one day off from driving entirely. What day should you pick?
Realistically, you need to pick Saturday. This is when the deadliest car accidents take place. Studies consistently find that fatal crash stats spike over the weekend, and Saturday is definitely the high point.
Why do the numbers rise? Two of the biggest reasons that researchers found were speeding and alcohol use. These are often combined. People tend to be a bit more reckless and break traffic laws more often on the weekend. Without work to do on Saturday or Sunday, alcohol use soars.
Alcohol use is also high on Friday, but it’s a bit lower since most people do have to work all day. That said, many of the traffic accidents involving people who went out drinking on Friday evening actually happen early on Saturday morning. This also pushes the Saturday statistics up, even if that does seem slightly misleading.
Naturally, most people cannot take a full day off from driving on some sort of set schedule. But this still shows you when and why accidents happen, and you can keep it in mind when planning your weekend activities. You can still limit driving at high-risk times and avoid most drunk drivers.
That said, even a small amount of exposure to traffic still increases the risks you face on a daily basis. If you do get involved in a traffic accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver, you must know about all of the legal options you have to seek financial compensation for medical bills and other costs.