Car accidents happen every day. Every year, there are over 6 million car accidents in the US and some estimates hold that 3 out of every 4 drivers have experienced an accident at some point in their lives.
How likely is it that you will get into an accident? It depends on the exact location and time you are driving. We are going to cover some of the most common places where car accidents happen. Knowing these facts can make you more vigilant while in accident hotspots.
Although they are generally small and not serious, a very large portion of car accidents occur in parking lots. This makes sense, after all, parking lots have a lot of cars packed tightly together. It is relatively easy to not notice an oncoming vehicle in your blind spot while pulling out. So be extra vigilant in parking lots to avoid those annoying fender benders.
You might think that many more accidents happen in the city than in the country. The densely packed structure of cities and congested roads are normally assumed to cause a lot of accidents. But actually, more fatal accidents happen in rural areas rather than urban areas. The main reason why is that rural areas normally have high-speed highways. Congested cities have low speed limits.
It should come as no surprise that most rear-ends happened at stoplights. Most of the time, it’s because of inattentive drivers. Rear-end collisions at stoplights are usually not serious, but they can cause damages and certain kinds of whiplash injuries.
AS is expected, whenever there are more cars on the road the rate of accidents increases. During the daytime, most people are either at school, home, or work. When the afternoon and evening rolls around though, more people are out on the road. The most dangerous times to be out driving a car are between 3PM-6PM.
At the same time, summertime and the early fall have more accidents as more people are out on road trips.
According to statistics, most car crashes happen within 25 miles of a person’s residence. That may sound surprising at first, but it should make sense. After all, have you ever found your way home after work and don’t remember the trip? When we are in familiar places, we tend to go on autopilot. The familiarity of your neighborhood is more likely to make you lose concentration and not pay attention.
So be extra vigilant when you are driving around where you live. The problem is driving in your neighborhood makes you rely on muscle memory, instead of active driving skills.
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