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Why do so many crashes occur on Friday afternoons?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Car Accidents

During rush hour or holiday weekends, drivers usually brace themselves for heavy traffic and heightened stress levels. However, one time period in particular sees a high number of collisions: rush hour on Fridays. What should drivers know about the dangers that arise during this time of day?

The risks add up on Friday during rush hour

Statistically, the highest number of car accidents occur on Friday between 3 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. The late afternoon hours on Friday create a unique blend of conditions that contribute to its status as the peak time for traffic accidents. Some of the reasons include:

  • Rush hour traffic: Friday’s rush hour tends to start earlier and last longer than other weekdays. Many people leave work early to start their weekend, leading to increased vehicle volume on roads. This can be especially challenging in metro areas like Atlanta, which ranks in the top 10 U.S. cities for traffic congestion.
  • A wide variety of people on the road: This time also sees a mix of regular commuters, commercial vehicles, and people heading out for weekend trips. The varied driving behaviors and purposes can increase the likelihood of collisions.
  • Driver fatigue and distraction: After a long week, drivers may be tired or less attentive. Others might be in a hurry to get home after a long week or to their weekend destination. This fatigue and urgency can impair reaction times and decision-making.

Ultimately, while the risks on Friday afternoons are notably higher, being prepared, staying alert and driving responsibly can significantly mitigate these dangers. By keeping these risks in mind during busy periods like Friday rush hour and knowing that legal options are available to them if they do experience a collision, drivers can protect their health and their rights.