When do the most car accidents occur in Pennsylvania?

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When do the most car accidents occur in Pennsylvania?

The most accidents occur in Pennsylvania in December, during night hours, and on Fridays. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that there were 124,149 reported traffic crashes in Pennsylvania in 2013.

In these accidents, 1,208 people were killed, and more than 83,000 were injured. The fatality rate for the state then, in regards to traffic accidents in 2013, was 1.21 deaths per hundred million miles of vehicle travel. The following considers the times and dates in the state where accidents were most frequent.

Crashes by Month

The greatest number of accidents in Pennsylvania in 2013 occurred in December: 10.1 percent of total crashes.

These months, following December, saw the most car wrecks.

  • November: 9.3 percent
  • October: 9 percent
  • January: 8.9 percent


However, the highest number of fatal crashes was not consistent with the most accidents per month. About ten percent of all fatal crashes in 2013 occurred in the month of August, 9.5 percent of fatal crashes occurred in September, and 8.9 percent of accidents occurred in both May and October. Remember, a majority of fatal crashes take place on I-95 in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

Crashes by Day of Week

More crashes happened on a Friday (16.8 percent) than on any other day of the week. The next most likely day for accidents was Saturday when 14.6 percent of crashes occurred. Saturday was also the day when the most crash fatalities in the state happened: 17.4 percent. 17 percent of deaths occurred on Sunday. The day with the least number of total crashes was Sunday (11.9 percent); the day with the least number of fatal accidents was Thursday (11.1 percent).

The high number of weekend accidents may be, in part, contributed to the prevalence of weekend drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, reports that 15 percent of drunk driving accidents nationwide occur during the week, compared with 31 percent on weekends.

Crashes by Time of Day

Accidents in the state of Pennsylvania tended to peak during the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and were most common at 3:00 p.m. The time between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. saw 9,272 crashes and 70 fatalities. The death rate was slightly higher (although the number of accidents was slightly lower) between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.. There were 9,091 crashes during this time and 86 fatalities.

The lowest number of deaths, 29, occurred between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. The lowest number of crashes, 1,693, occurred between the time of 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Drive Safely in Pennsylvania

While some months, hours, and times of the day saw more crashes and fatalities than did others, an accident can happen at any time and to anyone. Make sure that you’re always driving as safely as possible – drive sober, put away distractions, and follow traffic laws.

If you are in a car accident in Pennsylvania, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLP want to represent you. Call us at 215-642-2335 today.

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