Driving in unfamiliar territory brings its own risks, but the majority of car accidents take place close to the motorist’s home. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, nearly 70 percent of all collisions occur within 10 miles of home.
On the plus side, the majority of these local accidents are relatively minor. The idea that driving away from home is more dangerous has merit since more severe accidents tend to happen at longer distances.
The Virginia Beach car accident lawyers at Rutter Mills will protect your rights and hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries accountable whether a collision takes place locally or anywhere else in the region.
Why Accidents Happen Near Home
Why do so many accidents happen in familiar areas? The reason is just that –familiarity and the false sense of security it can bring. When people are traveling short distances, they might not bother to practice the safety measures they would employ on a more extended trip. For example, a person leaving the house to drive five minutes away to a supermarket might not bother to fasten their seatbelt.
Drivers also let themselves become more distracted on a short trip. They are more likely to use their cellphones, let the dog roam in the vehicle unsecured, or watch cars or people on the side of the road. Because they know the terrain so well, drivers tend to put themselves on automatic pilot, relying on muscle memory rather than paying close attention to the road.
Another danger involves individuals who have consumed alcohol but think it is fine to drive to visit a friend who is close to home. However, driving under the influence is potentially deadly, no matter where it takes place.
When traveling long distances, drivers tend to obey laws regarding the use of seatbelts and cellphones. Driving at high speeds on interstates tends to focus the mind, while those driving locally might daydream behind the wheel.
Keeping Yourself Safe
Keep yourself safe while driving locally by obeying all traffic laws and avoiding distractions. You already know what to expect on local roadways, so stay alert and prepare yourself for the unexpected. These may include:
- Children or animals darting into the street
- Other drivers
- Motor vehicle failures
Take special care if there are bars and restaurants serving alcohol near your home. Patrons residing nearby might choose to drink and get behind the wheel impaired because they think they can drive themselves home.
Contact us at Rutter Mills today
Whether the car accident causing your serious injuries took place nearby or far from home, the dedicated Rutter Mills car accident lawyers in Virginia Beach can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call or text us 24/7 to schedule a free consultation, or submit our online contact form.
After evaluating your case, we will advise you of your options. As we work on a contingency basis, there is no fee unless you receive compensation.