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New data suggests afternoon commute more dangerous than morning

An examination of hospitalization numbers following wrecks on Canadian roads suggest your chances of being hurt while behind the wheel is much greater on the drive home, compared to the drive into the office.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information looked at collisions in 2010-2011.

Just under 4,000 drivers across the country were admitted to hospital between 4 p.m. and midnight, compared to just over 1,800 between midnight and 8 a.m.

Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., 2,589 people were hurt in crashes.

In more than 16,200 hospitalizations from collisions on public roads; half of the people who were hurt were drivers, 19 per cent passengers, 19 per cent pedestrians or cyclists and another 11 per cent were listed as unknown occupants.

The data also shows injury wrecks involving motorcycles continue to rise; a trend that began five years ago.

More than 2,000 people a year are killed in motor vehicle collisions in Canada.

On a positive note, the number of off-road wrecks, involving things like all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, is down.