One of the most sobering reminders of the need for safe driving practices is taking a look at car crash statistics in the Hudson Valley. In 2022, there were 7,689 reported car crashes in Dutchess County, with 2,121 reported injuries or fatalities. In Ulster County, with a lower population, there were 5,205 crashes, with a total of 1,293 injuries or fatalities.
As a personal injury law firm, we are acutely aware of the factors that contribute to car crashes. If you were injured in a car crash due to the negligence of another party, every aspect of the incident has to be examined carefully to determine the degree of fault that contributed to your injury.
One important factor is the time of the crash, which lines up with how much traffic was on the road, if drivers were in a rush to go somewhere, or if visibility was limited. In this blog post, we take a look at the latest statistics from the New York State Institute for Traffic Safety Management & Research to see what are the most common days and times where car crashes occur in Ulster and Dutchess County.
What is the most common time for Ulster car crashes?
Overall, the most common time for Ulster County car crashes is the 3-6 PM time window, which lines up with when most people are getting off of work and driving home. This time slot had 1,234 crashes reported in 2022, or about 23% of the total of 5,205.
According to a previous blog post, the average Ulster County resident has a 27.6 minute commute, the 11th-longest time in New York State.
The second-most common time for crashes in Ulster County is the noon to 3 PM time slot, perhaps when many people are headed out for lunch or errands.
What is the most common day for Ulster County car crashes?
The most common day for a car crash to happen in Ulster County was Friday, which had 907 of the total of 5,207 crashes in 2022. It’s possibly because Friday is both a work day and a nighttime where many people may be going out to dinner and drinking.
The second-most common day for crashes in Ulster is Wednesday, with 762.
What is the most common day and time for Ulster County car crashes combined?
The most common day and time is Friday rush hour, from 3 to 6 PM, with 221 crashes. It’s possible that the combination of people leaving work, heading out for dinner, and people leaving or arriving for their weekend plans add up to these conditions.
The second most common day/time combination is Wednesday evening from 3 to 6 PM, with 197 crashes.
When do most crashes happen on the weekends in Ulster County?
From the 9 PM to midnight time slot, a roughly equal number of crashes happen on Friday and Saturday nights. From midnight to 3 am on Saturdays, there were 43 crashes.
What is the most common time for Dutchess car crashes?
The most common time for Dutchess County drivers to get into car crashes is from 3 to 6 PM, with 1,910 crashes occurring out of the total of 7,689. That lines up with evening commutes; according to a past blog post, Dutchess County has the 6th-longest average commute time in the state at 31 minutes.
The second most common time is the noon to 3 PM time slot.
What is the most common day for Dutchess County car crashes?
The most common day for a Dutchess County car crash to happen is on Fridays, with 1,281 of a total of 7,689. Starting at 9 AM and going all the way to 9 PM, Fridays are the most common days for a car crash in Dutchess County; likely because it combines a work day commute with a common night to go out for dinner and a drink, and possibly for people with weekend plans either leaving or arriving in the county.
The second-most common day is Wednesday, with 1,148.
What is the most common day and time for Dutchess County car crashes combined?
The most common day and time for a car crash in Dutchess County is Friday afternoon from 3 to 6 PM. The second-most common time is Tuesday from 3 to 6 PM.
When do most crashes happen on the weekends in Dutchess County?
In Dutchess County, there were 98 crashes from 9 PM to midnight on Saturday, and roughly the same number (46-47) from midnight to 3 AM on both Saturday and Sunday morning.
If you were injured in a car crash due to the negligence of another party, don’t delay. Give us a call at 845-600-0000 to request a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys in Kingston, NY or Poughkeepsie, NY.