When and where car crashes are most apt to occur

On Behalf of | May 7, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driving is a very dangerous activity. This is one of the reasons why motorists are required to carry automobile insurance to protect them if they get hurt or they injure someone else. Vehicles have been manufactured with enhanced safety features in recent years. Even still, this has done very little to curb crash rates. It may be helpful for motorists to know when and where accidents occur, so that they can be even more vigilant to avoid crashes in such instances.

Auto collisions are more likely to happen near your home than anywhere else. Crash data published by Esurance shows that the majority of accidents take place within 25 miles of a person’s home. This may be due to a person feeling more comfortable in familiar places and thus less focused on the task at hand which is driving.

Motorists tend to zone out when they’re driving to and from work. They don’t seem to remember anything about their drive home. This concept is referred to as driving “on autopilot.” This, coupled with traffic, explains why there are a lot of crashes that occur while motorists are traveling between home and their jobs.

Unexpected variables such as cars being parked on the street or the wrong side of it, kids or animals running out into the road and mechanical problems with your car may all make you more vulnerable to a crash in any area.

One of the most dangerous times for motorists to be out on the road is in the late afternoon or during the evening rush hour. This is when there’s an uptick in motorists on the road and they’re most apt to be tired. At least 16% of fatal car accidents happen between the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Another 31% happen during the hours of 6 p.m. to midnight.

Crashes that happen at high rates of speed, when traffic is heavy and when motorists are tired tend to be the ones the most serious ones that leave motorists with significant injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical reimbursement and lost wages. An attorney here in Augusta can negotiate with the negligent motorist’s insurance company on your behalf so that you can avoid a low ball payout in your Georgia crash case.