Being involved in a car accident is both devastating and tragic. It can often leave you feeling helpless and confused.
Car accidents most likely occur in areas least expected and in places we encounter every day.
In this article, I will discuss ten most common places car accidents occur so that in the future you can try and prevent these accidents from occurring.
These type of accidents most likely occur when the intersection is unregulated. Furthermore, side-impact collisions frequently occur when a vehicle is making a turn or crosses the busy road.
Tricky intersections can also cause a car accident to occur.
2. Stop Signs
Stop signs are another common place for car accidents. A driver fails to stop at the right moment, passes the sign, or fails to stop at all.
Hidden stop signs can also cause problems and lead to a car accident.
Another common place for car accidents is stoplights. Rear-end collisions most often happen when a vehicle fails to stop on time and rear ends the vehicle in front of them.
If the accident occurs further away from the stoplight then a chain reaction of several vehicles can occur causing an even bigger scene of car accidents.
Sometimes yellow lights can cause indecision and confusion among drivers, leading to careless mistakes and accidents.
4. Two-lane Roads
Busy non-residential roads at moderate speed limits are where most common head-on collisions occur. This is due to the fact that a car may try to pass the slower driver by driving through the traffic lane.
5. Rural Highways
Rural highways are a common place for car accidents to occur than traditional highways. Since there are usually fewer drivers on the road, a driver will most likely get distracted and crash.
Road debris, rocks, or loose gravel can also increase the risk of car accidents. Also, odd turns and poorly maintained roads can cause a driver to run into a tree or have a head-on collision.
6. Parking Lots
Parking lots are prone to car accidents to occur since there are no rules set in place. Being in close proximity to another vehicle can cause bent bumpers and scraped paint.
Not to mention, pedestrians can appear from behind a vehicle without warning.
7. At Your Own Neighborhood
Car accidents most likely happen within five miles from home. This may be due to the fact that drivers drive carelessly, often times speeding up, and paying less attention to their surroundings.
Accidents may also occur when your backing out of your driveway, accidentally hitting a car from behind or sideswiping a parked car.
8. Rush Hour Traffic
Many people are trying to get home from work which leaves the roads with loads of traffic. Drivers may be stressed after work, rushing to get home which means their minds are not on the road.
Morning traffic is also a common place for car accidents. Drivers are rushing to get to work on time or multitasking while driving, which leaves them distracted and can cause an accident.
Monday through Friday is when most car accidents occur since drivers are trying to make their way to work on time or trying to get home after work.
The most dangerous times for a car accident to occur are the hours of 6 am and 10 am and 4 pm and 8 pm.
Even sitting at a stop sign can cause an accident if a driver is not paying attention and rear ends the other vehicle.
In addition, very heavy and tight traffic can cause multiple car collisions to occur.
9. Places Highly Populated With Animals
The most dangerous times for animal collisions are in the fall since this time of year is mating season for deers.
Other animals crossing the road can also cause a car accident.
Even stray animals frantically running across the road can pose a risk to drivers.
10. Pedestrian Crossings
Many of these accidents occur near or in pedestrian crossing areas. Distracted drivers or pedestrians crossing without looking can cause a car accident to occur.
How To Protect Yourself
- Practice safe techniques on the road
- Always go the speed limit
- Drive at a safe distance from other cars, leave enough room
- Never drive distractedly: put your phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode
- Program your GPS before you start driving
- Avoid blasting the radio
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Keep both hands on the wheel
If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, then the Lawyers at Adley Law Firm can help.
Do not hesitate to contact our car accident lawyers. Call us at (713) 999-8669 or schedule a free consultation. We will review the legal steps with you and ensure you are protected physically and financially.