A knowledgeable Las Vegas auto accident attorney understands the many causes and repercussions of car crashes and wrecks. New evidence indicates Friday as the most dangerous day for commuters, which means extra care is needed when behind the wheel on this day.

Car after being rear ended

Why Friday?

According to Nationwide Insurance, Friday is the most dangerous commuter day, with some 4,664 insurance claims analyzed per day for Friday accidents. Because people are so excited about the weekend, they are less likely to pay attention while driving, and therefore more likely to find themselves in accidents. About half of these accidents occur during commuting hours. Wednesday came in second with 4,197 claims per day. Car accidents occurring on Monday and Tuesday were not as common. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, or NETS, notes that rear-ending another vehicle or being rear-ended are the most common accidents during commute times.

Tips For Driving on Friday…Or Any Day of the Week

It’s essential to stay alert while driving on Friday during commute hours, or any time when on the road. Quit tailgating and move safely away from anyone who is driving too close to your vehicle. At least three to four seconds of driving distance is required between you and the car in front of you. If driving on a rainy or otherwise bad weather day, double the distance. According to NETS, tailgating accidents cause some of the most serious driving-related injuries.

It’s also essential to put the phone down when driving, especially when navigating through heavy commuter traffic. Emails, text messages and phone calls can all wait. Not only is it important for you to drive distraction-free, it’s necessary to be aware of other drivers who are texting or otherwise not paying attention. It may sound trite, but remembering to “expect the unexpected” when driving can help save your life. Plus, it’s the law in some parts of the country.

Be safe out there! Contact us today for more information or to set up a consultation.

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