Where and When Do Auto Accidents Occur Most Frequently?

If you’ve ever wondered which areas and times present the highest risk for auto collisions, read on.

If you want to avoid getting injured in a car crash, it pays to know where you’re most likely to find one. With that in mind, let’s review a list of the most common locations and times for serious auto collisions.

Close to Home is the Danger Zone

 Roughly one-third of auto accidents occur between one and five miles from the victim’s home. This is primarily because we do a lot of our driving in this area. If you expand the radius to ten miles, it encompasses 70-percent of all collisions.

The moral of this story? Proceed with added caution when you’re traveling near you home.

Rush Hour Equals Accident Hour

Heavy traffic volume is one of the most common factors involved in serious collisions. This means that motorists need to be particularly vigilant when traveling during morning and evening rush hours. It’s estimated that 16-percent of all auto fatalities occur between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. — prime time for highway traffic.

Holiday Season is the Reason for More Collisions

Nobody wants to receive the unwanted gift of a serious injury during the holidays. The truth, however, is that auto accidents spike during the holidays. One reason for this is the extra traffic on the roads. On holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, people drive across the country to visit relatives. On Halloween, the number of pedestrians and kids roaming the streets skyrockets. On Memorial Day and Independence Day, drinking and driving arrests increase.

The bottom line? Drive with extra caution during the holiday season.

Rural Roadways Pose a Risk

While country roads may be a beautiful way to take yourself home, they also present risks. The fatality rate on rural highways is higher than that of urban roads. While they have much less volume, they are often less well-maintained. Additionally, rural roads often feature higher speed limits and more difficult terrain to navigate.

Intersections Can Be Dangerous

It’s natural that intersections pose a risk for motorists — after all, the flow of traffic is coming in multiple directions, and not everyone obeys traffic laws, As a result, roughly 15-percent of all car accidents occur at intersections. When you are coming and going, it’s important to slow down and remain situationally aware.

Working With the Right Personal Injury Attorney

At L&B Law Group, we have the experience to handle even the most complex auto accident cases — and the compassion to treat you with the sensitivity and respect you deserve. If you have been injured in an auto accident, please contact us today for a free case evaluation.