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What Day of the Week is the Most Dangerous to Drive in Los Angeles?

Mar 31, 2011 by Lisa Newton

When it comes to driving, we often don’t have a choice–or know–which day we’ll be driving. And if we drive to work, we definitely know which days we’ll be in the car.

But, knowing which day of the week is the most dangerous can put you on guard to be more watchful and prepared.

Using the same 2008 data from the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, at the University of California, Berkeley, as I did for my other story, Bike Collisions are on the Rise in Los Angeles County, I entered in each day of the week to see if there was a difference in the number of collisions–and not surprisingly there was.

What I didn’t expect to find was the wide differences between the days.

Out of the total 3139 motor vehicle collisions in 2008, this is the daily breakdown:

  • 360 – Wednesday
  • 385 – Monday
  • 403 – Thursday
  • 409 – Tuesday
  • 489 – Friday
  • 505 – Sunday
  • 588 – Saturday

Now, I assumed the weekends would be more dangerous, but I didn’t think the difference between Saturday and Wednesday would be quite so large. Statically, it’s 61% more deadly to drive on Saturday than on Wednesday.

For additional data about your area of the county, below is a map of all car accidents in 2008:

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I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll go for a nice walk on Saturday.

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