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Where Do Most Car Accidents Happen?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


The heightened dependency on auto transportation has increased the number of car crashes that take place each year, and the number of car crashes each year will likely continue to rise. Contrary to popular belief, not all accidents occur in high-speed circumstances. In fact, many accidents happen where you might least expect.

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help if you unfortunately find either yourself or someone you love hurt in a crash. Our car accident lawyers understand the difficult situation victims face due to no fault of their own. Contact us at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation and let us help.

Where Car Crashes Occur

You might be surprised to find yourself in a car accident despite not necessarily driving fast on the highway. More and more crashes are happening in various places on the road.

For example, driving in your neighborhood may not be as safe as you think. A 2004 Progressive® insurance report found that more than one in every two car accidents (52 percent) occurs within five miles of individual’s homes. This includes colliding with parked vehicles, hitting someone or something when backing out of the driveway, and side-swiping a car to prevent crashing into either pedestrians or other motorists.

Car accidents also frequently occur in parking lots. For instance, crashes are common when two drivers exiting their parking spaces fail to notice one another and crash. Accidents also happen when pulling into a parking space and hitting the car in the space beside it. In addition, some motorists drive too fast despite the reduced speed in a parking lot.

Furthermore, daily gridlocks on busy roads as people travel to and from work lead to a significant number of collisions on the highway. These drivers may not be as alert as they should be while stuck in traffic as they often multitask when behind the wheel by eating, reading, and talking on the phone. They may also simply be tired. Despite bumper-to-bumper conditions in which high-speed driving is nearly impossible, traffic congestion during commuter hours frequently leads to car accidents.

Esurance points out that most auto accidents take place within 25 miles of where people live, since the comfort of driving in familiar territory means they are less attentive to their surroundings and thus, less engaged in defensive driving. Falling into a comfort zone while driving means drivers rely more on their inner auto-pilot than being cautiously alert. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that people mainly fail to buckle up when they know they will be driving close to home, not realizing that this is exactly where they are more likely to be involved in a crash.

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help

Your physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being should not be compromised when another driver’s negligence was the cause. Let Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. help you seek the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Call us at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free initial appointment and we will do our best to assist you.

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