It’s an unfortunate truth that motor vehicle accidents can happen anywhere. Even long, deserted stretches of highway can lull a driver into dozing off and having an accident. However, California drivers are more likely to experience accidents in some places than others. Being aware of these high-risk areas can allow you to plan ahead and exercise extra care when you are in potentially hazardous situations. Read on to learn more about the most common places for accidents and how you can avoid becoming part of the statistics.
Why Are The Roads You Know the Best Also the Most Dangerous?
Based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, nearly 77% of all car accidents in the U.S. happen within 15 miles of the driver’s home. The majority of fatal car accidents also occur within 25 miles of home. While these are sobering numbers, it does make sense that you are most likely to have an accident near your home. You probably spend the majority of your driving time in your own neighborhood, whether you’re running quick errands, taking children to activities, or commuting to work. Drivers also tend to be less careful when taking short trips, sometimes forgoing seatbelts or neglecting to stop entirely at familiar intersections. The fatigue that sets in when you’re nearing home after a long journey or a difficult workday can also play a role in accidents. These statistics highlight the importance of remaining vigilant and cautious even while driving in familiar areas.
Where Are Other Car Accident Hot Spots?
According to 2020 data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 69% of motor vehicle fatalities in California occurred in urban areas. Congested roadways, stop-and-go traffic, and drivers unfamiliar with the area can increase the likelihood of car accidents in cities. Intersections and stop lights can also pose dangers for drivers. People may not brake in time or may not give other vehicles the right of way due to distracted driving, leading to crashes and injuries. Even parking lots and garages have a high number of crashes, owing to the large volume of vehicles and pedestrians maneuvering in a small space.
What Steps Can You Take to Lower Your Risk of an Accident?
So if the areas where car accidents are most likely to happen are places you drive in every day, what can you do to protect yourself? While you can’t control the actions of anyone else on the road, you can make choices that improve the safety of your own driving, including:
- Refraining from any distractions such as texting or eating while operating your vehicle.
- Following all posted speed limits and other rules of the road.
- Maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and other cars.
- Driving in a manner appropriate for the weather and road conditions.
- Taking a defensive driving course to learn more tips and techniques.
- Staying up to date on your car’s maintenance.
However, even the safest drivers can fall victim to a life-changing car accident. If you’ve been involved in a crash, don’t hesitate to contact Hejazi Law Group for a free legal consultation: (949) 749-7402.