The most dangerous time to drive is …
It’s no surprise that the most dangerous time to drive on Texas roads is between 02:00 a.m. and 02:59 a.m., on Sunday morning, in relation to DUI crashes.
According to data collected by the Texas Department of Transportation in 2015, the hour following last call at bars is when the most DUI related crashes happened last year- 891 crashes occurred during that time frame, compared to 861 on Saturday night at the same time, and 686 1 hour earlier on Sunday morning.
Of those 891 crashes, 34 were fatal – the highest number of fatal crashes per time frame for 2015.
In stark contrast, the safest time to be on the roads is Tuesday morning, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. According to TxDOT, there were only 8 recorded crashes at that time in 2015.
The reason for the discrepancy between the most dangerous time to drive and the safest is obvious. The majority of social drinkers are out in the evenings and into the wee hours of the morning. Establishments selling alcohol are required to close at 2 a.m., leaving patrons with nowhere to go but home.
A Sobering Reality
According to MADD, the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to protecting families from drunk driving, Texas led the nation in drunk driving deaths in 2015.
In 2015, there were 960 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 27% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
What The Carlson Law Firm Can Do To Help You
There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2015. If you, or someone you love, was injured in a motor vehicle accident where someone was driving under the influence of alcohol, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Here at The Carlson Law Firm, our Texas car accident lawyers have the resources needed to help you through your personal injury claim while pursuing a maximum settlement. The laws concerning drunk driving can appear complex and difficult to understand. Without assistance, you can obtain damages for a loss of income, permanent disabilities, therapies and morel. Contact one of our offices today for your free initial consultation. We care, we can help.
To see the full report on DUI (Alcohol) Related Crashes by Hour and Day of the Week, visit the TxDOT website here.
- Written by Jill Fowler