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Why most car accidents happen close to home

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

You often hear people say that most car accidents happen when you’re close to home. In fact, this can be very frustrating. If you’re only a mile or two from your house, you feel like you almost made it, but someone else made a mistake and caused a crash.

It is true that most accidents happen near your home, but have you ever wondered why this is? Let’s look at two of the main reasons.

Complacency and familiarity

First and foremost, you are also most familiar with the roads around your house. You’re used to driving on them every day. This can often lead to a sense of complacency. If you were driving somewhere else, you would be more aware of your surroundings because you would feel like you had to pay attention. Driving close to home, it’s easier to go on autopilot or engage in dangerous activities like texting and driving.

It’s where most driving happens

Of course, there’s also simply the fact that most people put most of the miles on their car when they’re very close to home. For instance, think about a 10-mile radius from your house. Does that include the nearest grocery store, your child’s school, your place of employment and any other destinations you go to repeatedly? For many people, it may be rather rare to drive any further than 10 miles from the house. If they’re going to get into an accident, that’s where it’s going to happen.

If the accident causes injuries and was caused by another driver, then it’s important to look into your options to seek financial compensation.