October 19, 2023

New study ranks most dangerous hour of the week to drive in Mississippi

Therese Apel

A new ranking by an injury law firm has revealed the deadliest time, day, and month to drive in Mississippi– with the most dangerous hour across the state coming out as between 8 and 9pm, the riskiest day being Friday, and the most treacherous month October 

The ranking created by Bader Scott analyzed fatal accidents reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the last five years, to determine which hour, day of the week, and month is the worst for drivers in each state.    

The worst time to drive overall in the state is between 7-8 p.m. on a Friday evening, but evenings overall are said to be the worst time in general, with between 5 and 6pm being the second most dangerous hour to drive in, and 10 and 11pm being the third. 

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It’s unclear if the rise in wrecks during October has anything to do with football season or not, but it would make sense given that a lot of social schedules revolve around high school and college football in the Magnolia State.

While Mississippi may be dangerous at times, the safest hours to drive are between 4 and 5am, with Monday being the safest day, and February named the month with the lowest collisions. 

The analysis also reveals which hour, day and month is the most dangerous on a national scale – and it turns out the worst month is October, as drivers are 1.2% more likely to be involved in a fatal accident this month than they are at any other time of the year.   

Meanwhile, Saturday came out as the deadliest day of the week on most US roads, while the most dangerous hour every day was between 6 and 7pm.   

Drivers are 1.21 times more likely to die on Saturday than on any other day – while the weekend (Fri-Sun) carries a 26% higher fatality rate than during the working week.   

On the other end of the scale, the safest days to drive each week were Tuesday and Wednesday, while the safest hour to drive nationally is between 4 and 5am – suggesting those with extra early work commutes will be far safer than those who travel in rush hour.

Some states’ roads pose a greater risk to drivers than others, the data found, as the most dangerous hour, day of the week and month differed drastically between each.   

In New York, the month with the highest chance of a critical accident is September, the most dangerous day to drive is a Saturday, and the most fatal hour is between 5 and 6pm.   

But for drivers in California, the deadliest month is November, the most dangerous day of the week is a Saturday, and the riskiest hour of the day is between 9 and 10pm.   

And it’s bad news for any Texas drivers with weekend plans this month, as the most unsafe month to drive is October, the riskiest day of the week is a Saturday, while the most hazardous hour of the day is between 9 and 10pm.   

For Florida drivers, the worst month to drive for accidents is March, the deadliest day of the week is a Saturday, with the most fatalities occurring between both 8-9pm and 9-10pm.   

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