More traffic accidents during Friday evening rush hour: Study

SINGAPORE - A study has found that more traffic accidents occur on Friday during the evening rush hour between 5.30pm and 8pm than any other day.

These accidents account for 48 per cent of the total number on any given Friday - a significantly higher proportion compared to other days, insurance company Aviva said today (Jan 28) as it released its findings based on car insurance claims they received last year.

On Mondays, for instance, evening rush-hour accidents account for only 26 per cent.

As for weekends, the average accident occurrence rate is 14 per cent - marginally lower than the rate of 15 per cent on weekdays.

The most common type of accident is the front-to-rear collision, which account for 41 per cent of all the accidents reported by Aviva clients. 15 per cent are front-to-side collisions, 13 per cent are chain collisions, 12 per cent are accidents from a side swipe, while the remaining seven per cent are accidents occurred during reversing.

According to Aviva's statistics, the top 10 accident hotspots are:

- Alexandra Road - Balestier Road - Braddell Road - Bukit Timah Road - Clementi Road - Dunearn Road - Lornie Road - Thomson Road - Upper Serangoon Road - Upper Thomson Road - Yio Chu Kang Road

Most these roads are either undergoing major construction or exposed to construction projects in the vicinity, Aviva said, and are also listed by the Land Transport Authority as "black spots".

Aviva also found that men are 1.4 times more likely to get into an accident than women.