Does rush hour increase accident risks?

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2021 | Car Accidents

Rush hour is not a specific time, but generally runs from about 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is when people are on the way home from work, and, since most people work a nine-to-five job, traffic levels are highest at this time. Of course, there are many workers who are excluded from this, but those who have to drive at this time will see a serious uptick in traffic.

This can be frustrating to drive in, to be sure, but you may also be wondering if it is going to increase the risks of an accident.

Risks increase in the morning and at night

Studies of rush hour traffic note that there is also a morning rush hour, as people head into work, to go along with the traditional evening rush hour discussed above. If workers have to be there at 9:00 a.m., this could start at 8:00 a.m. or even earlier. The morning rush hour was shown to be especially dangerous, as the injury crash risk went up by a whole 36%. 

When looking at the rush hour period as a whole, these studies have found that the risks of getting in a fatal accident also go up by a massive 28% during this time. Researchers do talk about risks to pedestrians, cyclists and others who are not even in motor vehicles. But there is still an increase in all sorts of traffic, and that leads to an increase in accidents, injuries and fatalities.

You may not be able to avoid these risks

Unfortunately, you probably can’t avoid these risks if you have to commute along with everyone else. If you do get injured, though, then you need to know how you can seek financial compensation for those injuries.