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When do most car accidents occur?

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | Car Accidents

A car accident can happen at any time. However, reports typically show a high number of crashes during certain periods. It’s vital to be informed about this to know how to respond to different risk factors on the road. 

Here is when you may need to be extra careful:

Between 4 pm and 8 pm

According to a study done in 2021 by the National Safety Council (NSC), a higher percentage of accidents happen between 4 pm and 7:59 pm from November through March. However, during the spring and summer months, fatal crashes are recorded in high numbers from 8 pm to 11:59 pm. 


The NSC reported many accidents happen on the weekends, from Friday to Sunday. Many non-fatal accidents are recorded on weekdays. This may be due to the disruption in drivers’ routines on the weekends. Accordingly, they are more likely to engage in risky behaviors.

July to October

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2022, 3,860 car accident-related facilities were reported in July, 3,900 in August, 3,930 in September and 4,015 in October. The numbers recorded in 2021 were 3,879, 4,013, 3,861 and 4,101 in July, August, September and October, respectively.

Summer typically records the highest number of crashes of all seasons. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known for being dangerous for drivers.

Many factors contribute to accidents during these months. One of them is that many people travel for vacation to take advantage of the warm season. Due to the congestion on the roads, particularly in areas that attract many tourists, the chances of an accident occurring may be high.

Accidents can be common when more vehicles are on the road and drivers change their routines. If another driver injured you, get more information about your case to protect your rights.