Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) publishes its latest data on vehicle collisions in Boston. This year, MassDOT published crash data from 2013. Comparing 2013’s numbers to MassDOT’s figures from 2012, we see some noteworthy trends that drivers may want to keep in mind when out on the roads.
The Most Dangerous Times to Drive in Boston
What are the Most Dangerous Months?
The majority of Boston car accidents in both 2012 and 2013 occurred in the middle of the year – from May through October. October actually saw the largest number of crashes in 2012, and came in a close second to May in 2013.
February was the safest month for car accidents in both years by a significant margin, though there were still close to 10 collisions every single day.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, snow actually contributes to a very small percentage of Boston car accidents. MassDOT’s data shows that there were just 54 accidents in the snow in 2012, and 105 snow-related accidents in all of 2013. Both years have missing weather condition data for a number of accidents, so it is possible that the actual numbers of snow-related collisions are slightly higher. Based on other weather data, the actual numbers would still have to be extremely low in comparison to the nearly 4,000 car accidents that happened in the city each year.
What are the Most Dangerous Times of Day?
Do you know when you are most likely to be involved in an accident? Rush hour.
Both the morning and evening rush hours saw spikes in the number of collisions in 2012 and 2013. This was also the case in other cities around Massachusetts. In 2012, the 8:00am, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm hours were the most dangerous for Boston commuters, and this held true in 2013 as well.
Accident numbers both years dropped significantly between 8:00pm and 7:00am, with the least accidents occurring between 4:00am and 6:00am.
The Most Common Types of Collisions
In both 2012 and 2013, rear-end collisions accounted for roughly a third of all Boston auto accidents. While specific accident numbers changed, the most-common and least-common types of accidents stayed the same:
- Read-End Collisions – 1,289 accidents in 2012 and 1,461 accidents in 2013
- Single-Vehicle Crashes – 895 accidents in 2012 and 872 accidents in 2013
- Angle (T-Bone) Crashes – 739 accidents in 2012 and 680 accidents in 2013
- Sideswipe, Same Direction – 543 accidents in 2012 and 497 accidents in 2013
- Head-On Collisions – 93 accidents in 2012 and 103 accidents in 2013
- Sideswipe, Opposite Direction – 70 accidents in 2012 and 80 accidents in 2013
- Rear-to-Rear Collisions – 9 accidents in 2012 and 5 accidents in 2013
- Not Reported/Unknown – 223 accidents in 2012 and 253 accidents in 2013
The Vehicles Most Likely to Be Involved in Boston Auto Accidents
Interestingly, the numbers that saw the greatest disparities between 2012 and 2013 related to the types of vehicles most likely to be involved in collisions. While cars and light trucks accounted for slightly over 85 percent of all accidents each year, these vehicles actually flip-flopped for the top spot on the list. Passenger car accidents dropped from 59 percent to 35 percent from 2012 to 2013, while light truck accidents nearly doubled in 2013 to 49 percent of all collisions.
In both years, large truck, bus, and motorcycle accidents rounded out the top five categories, in order from most collisions to least.
What MassDOT’s Boston Crash Data Mean for You
So, what does all of this mean for you? While drivers need to be safe at all times, MassDOT’s data suggests that you should be particularly vigilant in the Summer and while driving to and from work. In addition, while many people worry most about being involved in accidents involving motorcycles and large trucks, you are actually more likely to be hit by another car than an 18-wheeler or motorcyclist.
The fact that rear-end collisions are the most common type of accident suggests that highways and intersections are some of the most dangerous places for vehicle crashes, and MassDOT’s data bears this out. In both 2012 and 2013, some of the areas with the highest accident figures were exits and exchanges on I-93 and I-95. When driving on the interstate, drunk, distracted, and careless drivers are all potential hazards that can cause serious collisions.
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