Whenever you get in your car to drive somewhere, there is a risk that you could get into a car accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, any injuries you sustain could impact your way of living for weeks or even months to come.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., over 100 people die in car accidents on a daily basis and many more sustain injuries. In many of these collisions, one of the drivers is within just a few miles of his or her home.
Why more accidents happen close to home
There are many reasons why you are more likely to get into a car accident and sustain serious injuries when you drive close to home. For example, when you are in a familiar area, you are less likely to focus on driving.
And even though many residential areas have a posted speed limit of 25 mph, many drivers ignore this rating. In many cases, those who are in a hurry to go somewhere or come home are likely to exceed this posted speed limit, which can result in an accident.
Safe driving tips
To prevent a car accident that occurs close to your home, pay closer attention to your surroundings when you drive. You may also want to try walking or riding your bike, instead of driving, if you need to go somewhere close to where you live.
Although these steps can help you avoid an accident near your home, you cannot control what other drivers do. If you sustained injuries in an accident, take the necessary steps to protect your right to fair and proper compensation.