STATEN ISLAND, NY- According to silive.com, traffic on the Outerbridge Crossing traveling towards Staten Island were caught in a traffic jam after an accident early on Thursday, April 26, 2018. At 7:45 a.m. the Port Authority reported that the delay was about 15 minutes.
Another accident on the Staten Island Expressway occurred in the early morning leading to 13-minute delays.
Rush hour accidents are common and often cause long delays for morning commuters.
Car accidents happen so frequently that driving is the most hazardous thing most of us do every day. Rush hour creates a greater risk of fatal accidents, although the highest risk during the evening the hours between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. when commuters are trying to get home. Drivers are at the lowest risk of being in an accident during the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. when few vehicles are on the roads.
Accidents are more common after dark, in part because of lower visibility. While many more drivers are on the road during the day, 49% of accidents occur at night. The major factors that contribute to the higher chance of a fatal car accident occurring include speeding, drunk driving, and driving without a seatbelt. All of the increased risk factors occur more often at night. Only 18% of all fatal crashes that occur in the daytime are alcohol-related, but 54% of fatal crashes at night involve alcohol. Less than 50% of drivers killed in accidents during the day are not wearing safety belts, while 2 out of 3 fatal accidents at night involve a driver who is not restrained.
You cannot always avoid being involved in a car accident, but there are things you can do to increase your safety. Always wear a safety belt and stay alert behind the wheel. After all, human errors cause 95% of car accidents.