Accidents happen at all hours and throughout the week, but there are certain periods that experience an increase in accidents, including those that cause fatalities. Rush hour may be the busiest driving time, with congested roads and frustrated drivers, but when it comes to passenger car accidents, it should come as no surprise that Fridays and Saturdays are more likely to see deadly crashes. This is due to the unfortunate increase of alcohol use by drivers on the weekends. As you might also guess, nighttime car accidents are more common than they are during daylight hours. Logically, this has to do with visibility. However, when trucks are involved, the days and times road accidents and fatalities take place shift.
Trucks tend to be on the road in greater numbers during the regular work week. Therefore, truck accidents and fatalities are more likely to occur on weekdays than on weekends. There is a slight increase mid-week, with the worst day being Thursday. One possible reason for the late-week increase is that truck drivers may be less alert as the week drags on.
Since driving visibility is generally at its best during the day, the most dangerous time of day for truck accident fatalities happens to be the time when the sun is at its brightest. While the hours between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. are the hours when the most truck accident fatalities occur, the greatest spike within this timeframe occurs between noon and 3:00 p.m.
Even in crashes that do not involve fatal outcomes, truck accidents during these early afternoon hours account for a higher amount of injuries than those reported at other times of day.
The lowest percentage of deaths resulting from truck accidents occurs overnight, during midnight to 3:00 a.m. This is likely because there are fewer vehicles overall on the roads. Besides the significant decrease in truck-related deaths seen on weekends, the weekday with the lowest occurrence of such fatalities is Monday.
If you were injured in a truck accident, seek medical attention right away. It is crucial to contact law enforcement to obtain a police report, if you are able. Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, and a truck accident lawyer will be able to determine who is liable for your accident and will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a truck, you may be eligible to collect damages to help with your medical bills and compensate you for pain and suffering. The Wilmington truck accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. advocate for truck accident victims. Contact us online or call us at 302-656-5445 to schedule a free case evaluation. With offices located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.