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When does drunk driving spike?

If you want to avoid serious injuries in an auto accident, you must understand the risks that you face. One of the greatest risks is that of encountering a drunk driver. Despite the fact that driving under the influence is illegal, we still lose thousands of people in these accidents every year.

The good news is that there are ways to predict when a DUI crash is most likely. They tend to happen far more often at night. The peak hours are from 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. The reasoning here is that this is when the majority of bars shut down for the night. People at house parties are also thinking about heading home. Any time past midnight is going to give you an elevated risk until a few hours before dawn.

Now, remember that this doesn't mean these accident happen exclusively at night. You can get hit by a drunk driver in the middle of the day. You can even get into one of these accidents in the morning, as some people wake up and get in the car while still intoxicated, often without realizing it. However, studies have found that the risks are greatest at night, so avoiding these times is one way to reduce the odds of getting into a crash.

If you do have to drive at night, or if you get into a serious crash caused by another driver at any time of the day, make sure you know if you have a right to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other such costs.

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