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Collision Claims Data Reveals Interesting Automobile Accident Trends

Ehlke 006Progressive Insurance examined its collision claim data and found some interesting trends that may surprise you, including the fact that driving can be riskier on certain days of the week. Knowing about these trends can help drivers be aware of the potential risks they face. Here are some of the trends discovered:

  • You are more likely to end up in a rear-end accident than any other type. Single-vehicle accidents and damage to a parked car are also common.
  • Friday is the most dangerous day of the week for personal auto claims, followed by Monday and Thursday.
  • Your car is most likely to be stolen over the weekend, with Saturday and Sunday as the top two days, followed by Monday.
  • During the holiday season, the week of Thanksgiving shows a significant jump in claims. With many people traveling and shopping, there is an increase of motorists on the roads.
  • Data found that the Sunday after Thanksgiving has the highest percentage of out-of-state accidents of any day during Thanksgiving week.
  • According to the NHTSA, travelling and a higher number of alcohol-impaired drivers cause nearly twice the number of automotive deaths during summer months than during the rest of the year combined.
  • Nine of the 10 deadliest days for youth on U.S. highways fall between May and August.

Although accidents can happen at any time, data trends can show us when extra precaution may be needed. When driving, it is important to always be alert, wear a seatbelt, and follow the rules of the road.

D.O.T. Gathering Info to Learn about U.S. Drivers’ Habits

dotThe National Department of Transportation’s Chief Technology Officer, Maria Roat, spoke out about what the Department of Transportation has been working on recently, which includes making an effort to learn more about U.S. drivers’ habits. The D.O.T. has invested in a multiyear effort to gather information about people’s driving patterns by using on board sensors and video cameras. The data has been collected from test drivers who have collectively spent about 1 million hours in 2,000 cars. The Department of Transportation is analyzing the information they have collected in order to understand how people drive, what drivers are looking at, and how they react to things.

In addition, Roat also spoke about the D.O.T.’s attempts to build a national address database. She explained that citizens’ address data is owned and stored by cities and there actually is not a national address database. A national address database would be useful for emergency response teams, especially in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.

The growing use and interest in analytics by the Department of Transportation has created a lot of momentum. According to Roat, they are finding innovative ways to share the information they have collected and are preparing new ways to store and secure it. In the future, they hope to use and store data in the “cloud” for vehicles, traffic lights, and road blocks.