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Weekends show serious increase in car accident risk

If you want to avoid being involved in a serious car accident, your best course of action may simply be staying off of the roads on the weekends. Judging by the total amount of fatal car accidents per day, the weekends have the highest level of risk by a fair margin.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 6,802 people died on Saturdays in 2016. That is the deadliest day found in the study. Next comes Friday, with 5,826 deaths in car accidents. That's a sharp drop from Saturday, but it is still the second-highest total. Third is Sunday, with 5,809 traffic fatalities.

The lowest amount of traffic fatalities occurred on Tuesdays, with 4,444. It is clear that the weekends are vastly more dangerous, no matter what day of the weekend it is.

When looking at this data, it is also worth noting that many accidents -- especially drunk driving accidents -- happen late at night and in the early morning of the next day. So, many of those Saturday fatalities could have taken place at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m., after people went out on a Friday night. Either way, it still shows the potential danger of driving over the weekend.

If you do get involved in a car crash, you need to know what legal options you have to seek compensation. This is true whether you suffer serious injuries or lose a loved one in a crash. When someone else's negligence causes the accident, that driver may be responsible for the costs. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance.

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