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As your San Francisco/Oakland car accident law firm, we understand that automobile collisions can occur at any time of day, any day of the week.  Different times carry different dangers.  In the late night/early morning hours, there may be a higher risk of encountering drunk drivers or highly fatigued drivers and there is the challenge of driving without daylight.  Daytime drivers, however, may face more traffic and may encounter drivers who are multi-tasking as work, children, and other distractions pull attention away from the task of driving.  So, we wondered: Ultimately, what time of day sees the highest number of car accidents?  Which is more dangerous, daytime or nighttime driving?

NHTSA Statistics on Injury and Fatality Crashes by Time of Day

A report entitled Traffic Safety Facts 2009 presents a plethora of data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) on accidents ranging from basic fender-benders to deadly multi-car pile-ups.  The report includes over 100 tables and charts, examining crash data from many different angles in order to uncover patterns and trends.  Table 25 focuses on time of day and reveals that the three hour timespan with the clockhighest number of fatal crashes was 6 to 9 P.M. (4,988) followed very closely by 3 to 6 P.M. (4,994).  Looking at injury crashes, the highest number occurred between 3 and 6 P.M. (371,000), with the next highest number occurring from noon to 3 P.M. (290,000).

It has been an unusually rainy couple of weeks here in the Bay Area. According to SFGate.com, the rain is likely to continue this weekend and all next week with the forecast including a soggy Christmas Day.  While we all know that we need the rain, that doesn’t make it easy to get through a long stretch of wet weather.  The frequent rains also make for difficult driving and, because prevention is always the best option, our San Francisco car accident law firm wants people to stay alert for the possibility of hydroplaning and related accidents.

Parents Killed, Young Children Injured, Police Suspect Vehicle Hydroplaned

For at least one family, the threat of a wet weather accident became all too real recently. NBC Bay Area reports that an accident on eastbound Interstate 580 near West Grant Line Road claimed two lives on Sunday December 13.  Officials suspect that the single-car accident, which occurred in the vicinity of the Altamont Pass, began when the vehicle hydroplaned on a pool of water.  The vehicle then rolled repeatedly before coming to a stop down an embankment.  The two adults in the car were pronounced dead at the scene while their children, ages 5 and 6, were taken to an area hospital with one reportedly suffering traumatic injuries.

pedalsOften the most important parts of any task are also the most basic.  Drivers learn the difference between the brake and the accelerator before they even put the car in drive.  While this is a fundamental matter for any driver, pedal confusion accidents happen with alarming frequency.  Avoiding pedal errors is critical.  When accidents do happen, our San Francisco pedal confusion injury lawyer is ready to help the injured.  It is important to remember that no matter how sympathetic the defendant may be, and those involved in accidents are often good people who made one unintended mistake, those injured because of another’s actions deserve compensation.

One Dead, Five Injured Following Livermore Pedal Confusion Accident  

A frightening scene unfurled at a Livermore gym early Tuesday.  The San Francisco Chronicle reports that around 6:30 A.M. an 80-year-old driver confused the accelerator and brake pedals sending her car crashing into the lobby of LifeStyleRx health club at 1119 E. Stanley Boulevard.  Livermore police told reporters that the female driver “experienced pedal confusion” while parking her Mercedes SUV.  The crash led to the death of 49-year-old Katheryn Baker, the chief financial officer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a government-owned technology company in the national security arena.  Five others were injured and taken to hospitals.  Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident.

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