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Pennsylvania driving statistics help show the best times to drive

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Pennsylvania is a beautiful state. People travel here from all over the world to see the mountains, lakes, rivers and charming sights. Sadly, tourists and residents alike can end up in car accidents, which may lead to serious injury.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records data about the collisions that happen throughout the state. This data can give you some idea of when crashes are more likely to occur and who they are most likely to involve.

For example, did you know that the greatest number of fatalities happened in June, based on the 2019 report? The safest month overall appeared to be April, when only 9,135 crashes happened, compared to the riskiest month, October, with 11,955 collisions.

Crashes also see an uptick on certain days of the week. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Fridays have the greatest number of collisions. The least collisions were reported on Sundays. It was also more common to see crashes between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., which could be a result of rush hour or numerous parents picking up their children from school.

Accident causes in Pennsylvania vary

Looking at the contributing factors in collisions, there are three major causes of collisions. They include:

  • Speeding: 29,978 collisions
  • Distractions: 13,729 collisions
  • Improper turning: 13,065 crashes

Other common factors in crashes include drinking and driving, careless passing, failing to yield or proceeding without clearance, tailgating and drowsy driving.

The ages involved in crashes are different than you may think

Many people believe that it is teens and young drivers who are most likely to crash, which is largely accurate given the percentage of teenagers involved in accidents. However, the statistics show most collisions involve individuals between the ages of 22 and 54, which is a result of this age range being the most likely to be on the road.

Statistics on their own will not help keep you safe on the road, but knowing who is at risk, the days that are the most problematic and when you can avoid driving to lower the chances of a crash can.

If you have the misfortune of finding yourself involved in a car accident, make sure to prioritize your health and then take the time to speak with an experienced attorney who can lay out your options for you.