Automobiles are a necessary evil for most people in the United States. Getting to and from work, or the store, or to the kids' ballgames or dance recitals generally requires that people have at least one family car to transport them. Even in relatively urban areas like Seattle, suburban sprawl and sometimes inadequate public transport means cars are common. Unfortunately, especially in cities, this means residents are exposed every day to the possibility of being killed in an accident on crowded streets.
But when is that risk at its height? Are there times when one is more likely to be involved in a fatal accident? While it is impossible to predict a crash in any individual circumstances, we can look to data on past accidents involving fatalities to see if there are any patterns that might emerge.