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Are Car Accidents More Common During the“Devil’s Hour?”

April 27, 2022

Are Car Accidents More Common During the“Devil’s Hour?”

While you might assume that you are less likely to be involved in a car accident late at night or in the early morning hours with far fewer other drivers on the road, the risks of accidents during these hours can still be high as the motorists who are out on the road may be more likely to engage in unsafe driving behaviors. 

What is the“Devil’s Hour?”

“Devil’s Hour,” also called the witching hour, commonly refers to the period between 3 am and 4 am, although it can also refer to other late-night hours after midnight. While devil’s hour got its name because the late-night hours were when supernatural events were believed to occur, today the term refers to the hours after bars close and when drivers are likely to be especially tired. 

Although fewer total car accidents may occur during devil’s hour, the rate of crashes in proportion to the total number of vehicles on the road can be much higher compared to other times of the day. In addition, the number of fatal accidents can spike during devil’s hours. According to the National Safety Council, in one recent year, there were a total of approximately 293,000 non-fatal crashes nationwide between the hours of midnight and 4 am. This compares to about 900,000 crashes from 8 am to noon or nearly 1.5 million crashes between 4 pm and 8 pm. However, there were a total of 4,782 fatal crashes that occurred between midnight and 4 am, compared to about 4,000 fatal crashes between 8 am and noon or a little over 8,000 fatal crashes between 4 and 8 pm.

Risks of Being on the Road During Devil’s Hour

Some of the dangers that drivers on the road during devil’s hour can pose include:

Tips to Keep Yourself Safe When Driving During Devil’s Hour

The easiest way to avoid being involved in a car accident during devil’s hour is to stay off the road. However, if you do need to be behind the wheel during early morning hours, a few tips to help keep yourself safe include:

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