During the work week, we’re used to seeing a general flow of traffic around 7:30 am and again around 5 pm. Nebraska residents are familiar with how busy the roads can be on a Saturday night or how empty they can be on an early Sunday morning.
While there are certain times when more traffic accidents occur, this doesn’t mean that there are times when you should be less careful while driving. Every time you’re behind the wheel, you’re responsible for your safety and being aware of others on the road. Data shows that there are higher amounts of crashes during certain times of the day or night, but other factors are usually in play, like blood alcohol content and use of seatbelts.
Car accidents can completely uproot your life. Injuries and medical expenses, car damages, and possibly lost wages could cause you a lot of financial and emotional stress. But you don’t have to go through this alone. The lawyers at Welsh & Welsh regularly handle car accident claims and understand what you’re going through. We’ll help you fight for your rights so you get the compensation you need.
What Are the Most Dangerous Times to Drive?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collected statistics of driving fatalities during the day and night in 2005. They found that the passenger vehicle fatality rate at night was three times higher than it was during the day.
- 43,443 people died on highways. About 73% were in passenger vehicles.
- Driving at night could be affected by lower seat belt usage or drunk driving.
- Out of 31, 415 passenger vehicle fatalities, 15,878 people were killed during the daytime.
- 15,294 people were killed during the nighttime. The remaining 243 deaths occurred at an unknown time.
How Do Seatbelts Affect the Fatality Rate?
Even though motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for 1-54-year-olds, the CDC reports that many people do not regularly buckle up.
- Out of the total 22,441 passenger deaths in 2015, more than half of the people weren’t wearing a seatbelt at the time.
- The groups of people who weren’t wearing seatbelts were between 13-19 years old and 20-44 years old.
The NHTSA broke down daytime and nighttime accident deaths and found how many people were and weren’t wearing seatbelts.
- Out of the 15,878 fatal accidents during the daytime, 7,488 people did not use a seatbelt and 8,390 did.
- The 15,294 people who had fatal accidents during the nighttime had 9,785 people who didn’t use seatbelts and 5,509 who did.
- In Nebraska, 99 people died during a nighttime crash. 74 people didn’t use seatbelts and 25 people did.
- 131 people died during a daytime crash. 78 people didn’t use seatbelts and 53 people did.
How Does Alcohol Affect Fatality Rate?
Drinking impairs drivers so their reaction times are slowed and can’t make safe judgements while driving. While alcohol-related deaths happen during the day and night, there were considerably more alcohol related deaths at night.
- In the daytime, 13,001 people didn’t have any traces of alcohol, 620 had a BAC level between .01-.07, and 2,257 had a BAC level of .08 or higher.
- At nighttime, 6,082 didn’t drink and drive, 978 had a BAC level between .01-.07, and 8,234 people had a BAC level of .08 or higher.
Do You Need an Omaha, NE Car Accident Lawyer?
Have you or a loved one been in a car accident in Nebraska? An Omaha car accident lawyer can help you. The lawyers at Welsh & Welsh are compassionate and dedicated for standing up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
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