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Fridays Are the Deadliest Day to Drive to Work

| May 23, 2019

New Study Ranks the Deadliest Counties for Drivers

In 2017 there were 8,725 traffic fatalities that resulted from crashes that occurred during commuting hours in the U.S.—with Friday commutes accounting for 17 percent more vehicle accident deaths than Monday commutes according to a new ValuePenguin.com report. The spike in road deaths on Fridays correlated with a 41 percent increase in DUI-related fatal accidents during commuting hours.

The study also identified huge variations in commuting related fatalities across the country, with some areas considerably more deadly than others. Of the 10 large counties (with 500,000 or more residents) that ranked as having the deadliest driving commutes, half were located in Florida.

Key Findings: 

Commuters from Small Counties Face the Most Danger: Small counties with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 had the highest rate of driving commuter deaths. The average commuting traffic fatality rate across these counties of 12.7 is 83 percent greater than the national average and 178 percent greater than the mean for large counties. This trend of more sparsely populated areas having higher instances of traffic fatalities during commuting hours is consistent with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) findings, which found that the fatality rates in rural areas was as much as 2.6 times higher in rural areas than in urban areas.

Counties with the Largest Jump in Commuter Fatality Rates: Collin and Hidalgo Counties in Texas, Will County in Illinois, New Haven County in Connecticut and Cobb County in Georgiaall saw a 133 to 300 percent increase in commuter fatality rates.

Counties with the Largest Decline in Commuter Fatality Rates: Jefferson County in Colorado, Bronx County in New York, Anne Arundel County in Maryland, Denton County in Texas and Suffolk County in Massachusetts all saw a 53 to 67 percent decrease in commuter fatality rates.

ValuePenguin.com analyzed the total number of traffic fatalities that occurred during commuting hours (6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) from all of the 2,437 counties, organized boroughs, census areas, independent cities (as well as the District of Columbia) in the U.S. with 10,000 or more residents. For the sake of making accurate comparisons, we separated these districts into three categories: large (above 500,000 residents), mid-sized (100,000 to 500,000 residents) and small (10,000 to 100,000 residents). Data sources cited include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, and the U.S. Census 5-year American Community Survey.

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