Drivers beware! August has repeatedly been ranked as the most dangerous month out of the year for motorists on our roadways. There are more fatal accidents during this month than during any other time period of the entire year, according to MSN.This is the time of the year when more and more motorist travel throughout the state to venture out on summer vacations. More traffic means an increased risk of fatal car accidents in Highland and elsewhere in Indiana. The large number of road construction projects in the state doesn’t exactly help the flow of traffic either.
Our Highland car accident attorneys understand that an increase in traffic can return fatal results on our roadway. Motorists are asked to travel with extreme caution and use their defensive driving skills to help avoid a car accident during the month of August. These accidents are often preventable with cautious and alert driving habits.
“A large proportion of crashes happen in late afternoon and early evening in general, but especially in August,” says Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concludes that more Americans die on our roadways in traffic accidents during the month of August than during any other month out of the year. Each year’s statistics all the way back to 1994 return the same conclusion.
If you calculate each month’s fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled, then August tops the charts with a death rate of 1.09. September follows at a close second with a death rate of 1.08 and then July with a death rate of 1.04. March is the safest month to travel in the U.S. as it has an average death rate of 0.94 per 100 million miles traveled.
According to the NHTSA, August witnessed an average of 93 motorist deaths each day in 2009. This means that someone died on our roadways every 16 minutes.
The IIHS reports that, from 2005 to 2009, 7 of the 25 deadliest days on American roadways happened during the month of August.
The following are the deaths each day of the week typically experienced during August:
-Mondays witness an average of 79 deaths.
-Tuesdays typically see about 69 deaths.
-Wednesdays experience an average of 78 deaths.
-Thursdays witness about 84 deaths.
-Friday usually see about 102 roadway deaths.
-Saturdays are the most dangerous times on our roadways as they average about 123 deaths.
-Sundays are the second most dangerous time to be on our roadways as they see about 107 deaths.
Weekends are typically when we see more alcohol-related car accidents on our roadways. To help stop this problem, Indiana State Police are setting up increased enforcement efforts to crackdown on intoxicated drivers.
A number of enforcement agencies will be participating in the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that is taking place now and will run through the first week of September.
“We know when impaired drivers are more likely to be on the roadways and our troopers will be out during those times,” said Lt. Jerry Williams of the Indiana State Police.
Throughout this time, law enforcement agencies will be setting up checkpoints throughout the state during the campaign to bust drunk drivers. Approximately 10,000 agencies will be participating in an attempt to make the month of August a little safer for everyone.
Burton Padove is a personal injury attorney in Indiana who has represented victims of accidents for thirty years. If you or a loved one has involved in a car accident, call (219) 836 2200 to set up an appointment to discuss your rights.
The deadliest month on the road, by Gina Roberts-Grey, MSN Money