We know Virginia car accidents are common. Just open up The Washington Post or turn on the local news. You’ll more than likely hear about a crash or two that caused injuries, even death.

Researchers have spent years, maybe decades, trying to determining what exactly causes traffic collisions. Are drivers making the same errors? Is it something in the vehicle design? Were the drivers intoxicated or distracted? While these are all important factors to consider when pinpointing the causes of accidents, one of the other major elements that is reviewed is the time of day the crash took place.

Time of Day That Accidents Happen

Take a look at the 2010 Virginia car accident statistics compiled by our state’s highway safety office as an example:
  • The highest percentage of injury crashes took place between 5:00 PM and 5:59 PM.
  • Most fatal car accidents happened between 9:00 PM to 9:59 PM.
  • The lowest number of injury collisions occurred between 4:00 AM and 4:59 AM.
  • There were nearly 7,000 car accidents that happened in the 4:00 PM to 5:59 PM time slot.

What Do These Virginia Traffic Facts Teach Us?

Most injury accidents occurred during rush hour traffic. With more people on the road, it is imperative to drive with caution. Distractions are at an all time high and stress levels are raised when traffic is backed up. If ever there was a time to follow the “defensive driving” rule, rush hour would be it.

If you have been injured in an accident that was no fault of your own, you may be able to recover compensation. Find out more by ordering our FREE book, Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim. You should also speak to a Fairfax car accident attorney to get answers to your questions. Call 703.584.7277 or fill out our online contact form.
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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney
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