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How many crashes happen at night?

You know how common accidents are in Illinois and that you can't always avoid being involved in a crash; some experts have said that nothing the average person does is as dangerous as simply getting into the family car. If you're trying to figure out the safest times to drive, you may be interested to know that about 49 percent of the deadly accidents in the United States take place at night.

As a raw stat, this makes it seem like it's just as dangerous to drive during the day. In fact, with 51 percent of accidents happening during daylight hours, wouldn't it be more dangerous?

However, you have to consider all of the additional factors. There are far more drivers during the day, as that is when most people are traveling, going to work, coming home from work, going to the store, or doing anything else. At night, the majority of people are in bed, sleeping, and they're not on the road.

That makes the fact that half of the deadly crashes still happen in this reduced traffic rather frightening, and it's clear that night is the most dangerous time to drive. In fact, if you look at the fatality rate for every mile that is driven, it's around three times higher at night than it is during the day.

There are many factors that contribute to this, such as drunk driving or the fact that studies show people are less likely to wear seat belts at night.

If you've been involved in a car accident, either during the day or at night, you must know how to seek compensation.

Source: Forbes, "Most Dangerous Times To Drive," Hannah Elliott, accessed May 13, 2016

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