What Time of Day do Most Hit and Run Accidents Occur?

By  //  April 22, 2020

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It comes as no surprise that hit and runs happen most often during peak hours which is also when most cars are on the road and most accidents happen. What is a surprise is just why hit and runs happen at all.

It comes as no surprise that hit and runs happen most often during peak hours which is also when most cars are on the road and most accidents happen. What is a surprise is just why hit and runs happen at all.

An auto accident can be the worst day of someone’s life. A moment’s decision can have consequences that last a lifetime. For some, it seems it can’t get any worse, but then it does. The driver who hit them flees leaving the victim with no aid or even a call to the authorities.

This does a couple of things to the victim. First, it puts them at greater risk of injury as help might be delayed, and second, it adds to the mental and emotional anguish the victim endures.

Unfortunately, over the last several years, hit and run accidents, are on the rise across the country. Experts are at odds as to why there is a rise in hit and runs especially when the total number of motorist fatalities has been on the decline over the last several years.

Heavy Risk Times

A recent study shows that of all fatal hit and run accidents, 65% of these involve cyclists and pedestrians. This isn’t good news for bicycle bicycle enthusiasts. However, knowledge can be power, and in this case, it can help cyclists and pedestrians avoid getting involved in a hit and run.

The most dangerous time to be on the road is between 5pm – 7pm which is during rush hour traffic with people trying to get home from work. At least, that’s the most dangerous time in Sacramento, however, it is likely the most dangerous time here in Florida as well. 

One surprise is a peak in accidents between midnight and 2 am when far fewer cyclists and motor vehicles are on the streets. But with 160 accidents during that time it suggests that alcohol and other types of impairment play a roll.

Using this information, cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists can all be more vigilant during these peak times to avoid being an accident victim and thus avoid being a victim of a hit and run.

The study may be found online here: https://www.autoaccident.com/hit-and-run-study.html

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