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Where Do Most Car Accidents Happen?

Where Do Most Car Accidents Happen?

Car accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence in the US. But where do most car accidents occur, and how can you stay safer on the roads? Here’s a rundown of where most car accidents happen so you can take steps to protect yourself. 

Close to Home

Research suggests that the closer to home you are, the more likely you are to have a car accident. 

  • You’re twice as likely to have an accident within one mile of your home than 20 miles away.
  • Accidents are less likely to happen 50 or more miles away from home.A reason for this could be that motorists feel safer driving on familiar roads so they’re more likely to lose concentration, or they could make assumptions about driving conditions based on past journeys rather than anticipating hazards.

A reason for this could be that motorists feel safer driving on familiar roads so they’re more likely to lose concentration, or they could make assumptions about driving conditions based on past journeys rather than anticipating hazards.

Intersections

Where do the most car accidents happen on the road? Intersections are a common hotspot. Typically, accidents at intersections are caused when drivers:

  • fail to stop at a yellow light
  • speed and run red lights 
  • turn left without checking the road is clear

Many vehicles pass through intersections daily. It only takes one distracted driver to cause an accident that may involve multiple vehicles and cause significant damage.

Black car with smashed front bumper after a car accident on the road

Urban Roads

Car accidents happen often on urban roads due to the sheer number of drivers passing along these routes every day, whether they’re commuting to work or driving kids home from school. Common reasons for urban road accidents include:

  • distracted driving
  • speeding 
  • driving under the influence 
  • careless driving e.g. failing to use turn signals 

Urban road users often include cyclists and vulnerable individuals such as children. Crashes involving these individuals can be serious whether they occur at low or high speeds.  

Rural Roads

Statistics show that fatal car accidents often take place on rural roads. And interestingly, in rural areas, it’s more common for such accidents to happen on local roads rather than on rural highways.

Why are car accidents so frequent on rural roadways? There are three possible reasons.

  • Quiet stretches of the road mean drivers are more likely to speed, making it harder to avoid hazards.
  • Rural roads are often long and straight which could cause driver inattention and fatigue.
  • Drivers may be careless when overtaking slow vehicles, such as tractors. 

If you’re driving on rural roads, follow the speed limit and exercise caution at all times.   

Traffic

Car accidents frequently occur in busy traffic. Accidents may be caused by:

  • texting at the wheel
  • failing to stop at stop signs 
  • switching lanes
  • aggressive driving 

Although accidents in heavy traffic often occur at low speeds, there’s still the chance of sustaining painful and debilitating injuries such as whiplash and back strains.    

Two-Lane Roads

On a two-lane road, there’s no physical barrier between lanes. Accidents are common on two-lane roads due to:

  • careless overtaking
  • speeding 
  • lane drifting 

Lane drifting is especially dangerous as it can result in head-on collisions at high speeds, particularly if there’s a heavy truck involved in the crash.

Parking Lots

Where do car accidents happen most? In places where drivers are distracted, such as parking lots. 

Whether drivers are backing out of tight spaces, turning tight corners, or trying to find a spot in a crowded lot, parking lots are prime locations for fender-benders and collisions involving pedestrians. Although many parking lot accidents happen at low speeds, there’s still the potential for significant injury depending on the nature of the collision and how many vehicles are involved.

Where do most car accidents happen

Where Do Most Fatal Car Accidents Happen?

As mentioned, fatal accidents occur most often on rural roads. Interestingly, single-vehicle crashes account for the most fatalities in all road accidents, but there are discrepancies across states.

Regardless of the location, though, fatalities among all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, are on the rise more generally across the US.

What Time of Day Do Most Car Accidents Happen?

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), fatal crashes are most common on Saturdays and Sundays. Non-fatal crashes, on the other hand, most often occur during the week.

  • Crashes, in general, occur most often between 4 pm and 8 pm. 
  • Non-fatal crashes peak on a Friday.
  • During the summer, fatal crashes occur frequently when it’s dark (between 8 pm and midnight). 

In other words, most car accidents happen during rush hour, although fatal crashes may be more likely at night when there’s reduced visibility on the roads.

How Do I Prevent Car Accidents?

While it’s impossible to prevent every car accident, there are steps you can take to reduce the risks.

  • Keep a safe distance between you and the driver in front so you can stop safely if they brake suddenly or turn unexpectedly. 
  • When you’re emerging into traffic or leaving a parking spot, move slowly and double-check for oncoming vehicles before moving. 
  • Scan ahead as you drive. Looking ahead will help you spot potential hazards before you approach. 
  • Even when your light turns green, make sure other vehicles have stopped at their red light before moving.    
  • Don’t drive if you’re tired, overly distracted, or drowsy.

Your Legal Rights After a Car Accident

While it’s impossible to prevent every car accident, there are steps you can take to reduce the risks.

If you’re hurt in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you can claim compensation from the at-fault driver for your injuries. At the AK Law Firm, our car accident attorneys are committed to securing fair compensation for our clients. We are proactive in our approach and we will always give your case the attention it merits. 

The experienced personal injury attorneys at the AK Law Firm always put you, the client, first. Contact us now or call our law firm today to get the compensation you deserve.  

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What Causes Most Car Accidents?

What Causes Most Car Accidents?

Car accidents are a major issue on Texas roadways. But what are most accidents caused by? Below, we look at what causes the most accidents in Texas.

What Is the Cause of Most Car Accidents?

What causes the most accidents while driving? Here are the seven most likely reasons for auto crashes in Texas.

Careless Driving

Are most car accidents caused by careless driving? The short answer is yes.

“Careless” driving means driving without showing proper care and attention. In other words, the driver is negligent. They do something – or fail to do something – but they’re not deliberately putting other road users at risk. Examples of careless driving include:

  • Failing to use signals
  • Improper lane changing 
  • Lane drifting
  • Parking errors 

Careless driving covers a huge range of accidents. It’s a leading cause of crashes.

If a driver knows their actions might put other road users at risk, this could be considered reckless driving. Reckless driving is more serious than careless driving, but our attorneys can help with both matters. 

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a major problem on Texas roadways. In fact, in 2021, almost one in five serious crashes in Texas involved a distracted driver. Distracted driving includes:

  • Using a cellphone while driving 
  • Watching a video
  • Reading a book or newspaper
  • Eating or drinking behind the wheel 

If someone is not concentrating on the road, they’re more likely to make a driver error.

Speeding

Not only should drivers obey speed limits, but they should drive at a safe speed for the road conditions. It’s really common, though, for drivers to exceed the speed limit. Here’s why this is a problem.

  • Speeding makes it harder to react to hazards. 
  • If someone’s speeding, their stopping time is reduced. 
  • High-speed collisions can result in serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. 

Two drivers standing in front of car crash between silver car hitting back of red carDriving Under the Influence

In Texas, one person dies every nine minutes due to a drunk or impaired driver. This is a hugely worrying statistic and it shows just how common driving under the influence is.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs reaction times. It increases fatigue and makes it more likely for someone to fall asleep behind the wheel. Drunk driving may lead to erratic maneuvers, running red lights, and even hitting pedestrians.

Driving under the influence may also result in criminal charges alongside any civil lawsuits.

Failing to Yield

Failing to yield means not yielding to the traffic with the right of way. This is common, for example, in parking lots and at busy junctions.

The problem is that failing to yield directly puts other drivers at risk. A failure to yield, or making improper turns, can cause crashes such as side-on collisions. These can be serious, especially if one car hits the driver side of another vehicle.

Aggressive Driving

Frustrated drivers may cut off other drivers, make aggressive turns, and fail to stop at red lights or stop signs. Any aggressive maneuver may cause a collision, especially in busy traffic or built-up areas.

Aggressive drivers may be more prone to road rage. If you’re in a crash with an aggressive driver and you feel unsafe, call the police immediately.

Tailgating

Drivers must maintain a reasonable stopping distance at all times. Tailgating means driving too close to the car in front. The driver at the back is the “tailgater”.

If a driver is too close, they don’t have the reaction time needed to stop safely. This increases the chance of colliding with another car, especially if road conditions are poor e.g. wet roadways.

In most cases, if there’s a crash and one driver was tailgating, the tailgater is to blame.

Other Causes of Car Accidents

Most accidents are caused, to some extent, by driver negligence. However, there are other causes. Less common – but significant – causes of car accidents include:

  • Inexperienced drivers: New drivers may be more likely to make mistakes simply because they’re inexperienced. They might also underestimate the challenges of e.g. driving in heavy traffic or on busy freeways. 
  • Evasive driving: Sometimes, swerving to avoid an oncoming vehicle, or making an emergency stop, can actually cause a crash. In other words, the driver tries to avoid a crash but accidentally causes one instead. 
  • Poorly designed roadways: Overly complex junctions, poorly designed sidewalks, and other design issues can cause accidents.  
  • Defective vehicles: If a car part malfunctions e.g. a tire blows, you could lose control of the vehicle and crash. 

It might be possible to sue other parties, such as a car manufacturer, if you’re injured in an auto crash. Our experienced attorneys can determine who is responsible for your injuries and help you sue the right defendants.

Male driver texting and leaning against black car after rear end collision with blue car What Happens if I’m in a Car Accident?

Car accidents are stressful – and often frightening – experiences. But if you’re involved in a road collision, it’s important that you know what to do. 

  • First, assess yourself. If you’re seriously injured, call 911. If you can’t make the call yourself, try to flag down help. 
  • Assess others around you. Call 911 if there are serious injuries or a fatality. 
  • You don’t always need to report car accidents in Texas. However, it’s often a good idea to call the police anyway. They’ll attend the scene if necessary and they may provide an accident report. 
  • Inspect the damage. If you’re well enough, and it’s safe to do so, take pictures or videos of the crash scene. You should also take pictures of your own injuries. 
  • Exchange information with the other driver(s). If they flee the scene without exchanging information, call the police. 
  • Seek medical attention, even if you don’t feel unwell. It’s always best to get checked out – some injuries take a while to manifest. 
  • Contact a car accident attorney. They’ll explain how to make an insurance claim and whether you have a personal injury case.

Get Help with Your Car Accident Claim

If you’re hurt in a car accident in Texas, AK Law Firm can help. Our lawyers can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to for a traffic accident. We’ll get to work on your case right away and we don’t charge anything unless we win your case. 

AK Law Firm wants to help you get the justice you deserve. For a free case evaluation from our car accident attorneys, contact us now.