August 10, 2011
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that August is the deadliest month on American roadways, for the 15th year running. According to an MSN report, the number of fatalities in August dropped by 400 from 2008 to 2009, but the numbers were still higher than any other month during that time frame.
The agency’s report found that for every 100 million miles traveled, the fatality rate in August was 1.09%, closely followed by September, with a fatality rate of 1.08%. March was the safest month of the year, with a fatality rate of .94%.
Saturday afternoons and evenings were found to be the deadliest times to be on the road, with an average of 123 deaths per day. On the contrary, Tuesday is the safest day to be on the road, with an average of only 69 deaths per day.
Age can also factor into your safety on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They found that drivers from 20- to 34-years-old are at the most risk behind the wheel, followed by 35- to 49-year-olds. The youngest drivers, between the ages of 16 and 19, were fairly safe, and only accounted for 9% of fatalities.
The Colorado Auto Accident Attorneys with McDivitt Law Firm encourage drivers to heed the warnings offered by these numbers and follow two simple steps to keep all drivers on the roadway safer: buckle your safety belt and watch your speed.