Where and when most car accidents occur

Although some accidents are unavoidable, it's important to note that they have a tendency to happen in certain areas and at certain times more than others. In fact, most car accidents occur within 25 miles of a driver's home.

It is believed that the reason this occurs may be due to driver's familiarity with the terrain in this type of environment. Vehicle operators tend to be less focused and alert when driving in areas they are most familiar with.

Given the propensity of drivers to become involved in accidents within a short distance of their homes, it's important that they remain vigilant of their surroundings. This includes being prepared should the unexpected occur.

Whether it be an animal suddenly appearing in the street, a child or a toy they were playing entering the roadway; these are common concerns in residential areas that driver's should remain alert to. The same goes for being on the lookout for erratic, drunk or speeding drivers or a car that suddenly malfunctions as well.

Additionally, the time of the day can be a huge factor as to when accidents occur. Statistics show that 16 percent of fatal accidents occur between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., a time frame in which traffic is heavier due to commuters heading home from work.

Those same statistics show that 31 percent of fatalities take place between 6:00 p.m. and midnight. This is thought to be the case because reduced road visibility and driver fatigue are most prevalent during this time frame.

While high traffic roadways in urban areas see a high rate of accidents, rural areas see 3,000 more fatal accidents than urban ones. The lack of dividers between oncoming traffic as drivers operate at a high rate is thought to be largely to blame for this.

Some of the highest rates of rural fatalities per capita occur in states such as Montana, Mississippi, North Dakota and West Virginia. Additionally, states with higher populations such as Texas, California and Florida tend to have the highest number of vehicular fatalities overall.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, a Vista, California, car accident attorney can provide advice and guidance in your legal matter.

Source: Esurance, "Where car accidents happen most," accessed March 03, 2017

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