Where Do Most Car Accidents Happen?

Each year, millions of lives are impacted by auto accidents. By knowing where accidents frequently happen, drivers can be more aware and cautious when navigating the roadways. In this blog, we’ll explore current statistics to shed light on where most car accidents occur.

Where Most Car Accidents Happen - IntersectionsIntersections

Intersections continue to be one of the more accident-prone areas on the road. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), about one quarter of traffic fatalities and approximately one half of all traffic injuries in the U.S. occur at or near intersections. Drivers running red lights, neglecting to cede the right of way, or failing to pay attention to traffic signals frequently cause these incidents.

Where Most Car Accidents Happen - Urban AreasUrban Areas

Due to their larger population density and intricate traffic networks, urban regions experience an elevated rate of accidents as well. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), about 60% of motor vehicle crash deaths take place in urban areas. City driving can be challenging due to the increased traffic, frequent stops, and a mix of pedestrians and bicycles.

Where Most Car Accidents Happen - Rural RoadsRural Roads

Although there are more accidents overall in metropolitan areas, driving on rural roads has its own unique set of difficulties. Due to faster speeds and limited availability to emergency medical services, rural accidents can result in more serious injuries. According to the IIHS, 40% of collision fatalities take place in rural regions, despite the fact that only 20% of Americans live there and that only 32% of vehicle miles are driven there.

Parking Lots

While parking lot incidents are not as dangerous as other types of collisions, they are extremely common. Fender benders and backup accidents are common due to the large number of cars and people in close proximity attempting to navigate through the parking lot.

Residential Areas Close to Home

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of all car accidents that result in serious injury or death happen within 25 miles of home. Furthermore, around 52% of accidents occur within five miles of home. This is often due to familiarity and repetition, which can cause drivers to lose focus behind the wheel.

Although car accidents can occur anywhere, certain areas are more primed for accidents to happen for a variety of reasons. Road safety presents particular difficulties at intersections, in metropolitan areas, rural roads and motorways, parking lots, residential neighborhoods, and other locations marked by poor road design, inadequate signage, or increased traffic congestion.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney Today

If you or anyone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, the attorneys at Harding Mazzotti, LLP have a wealth of experience in dealing with insurance companies and in protecting your rights to receive the compensation you’re entitled to.  Our attorneys handle all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving automobiles, motorcycles and all types of truck accidents, from eighteen-wheelers to delivery vans.

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