Despite everything that we know about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, you still know that people do it every single day. It happens even more on the weekends. There's always the risk that someone who is impaired by alcohol or drugs is going to run into you and leave you with life-changing injuries.
So how do you avoid it? When should you try not to be on the roads?
The answer is simple: At night. If you are still out after dark, especially on the weekends, you put yourself in far more danger than if you drive during the day and safely settle in at home for the evening.
One study found that 53 percent of all the deadly accidents that happened from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., were caused by alcohol. From midnight until 6:00 a.m., that percentage soared all the way to 71 percent.
This does not mean that deadly accidents do not happen during the day or that drunk driving doesn't happen before the sun goes down. Some accidents even happen early the next morning when people do not realize they are still intoxicated from the night before.
However, it does show you when the percentages of deadly DUI accidents tend to be the highest. To protect yourself and your family, this is when you want to stay off of the roads.
Of course, doing so is not always possible. You may have to drive for work or school. You may need to run errands with what little time you have. If you do get hit by a drunk driver, make sure you know how to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and the like.