The last time you were packing for a long road trip, the thought probably crossed your mind, "I hope I don't get in an accident on the road."
A little healthy fear can keep you alert, but remaining vigilant is actually beneficial as you drive close to home because this is where the overwhelming number of car accidents occur.
What accounts for this surprising reality? Based on their handling of thousands of car accidents, the Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez have a few theories – all of which you can benefit from to keep you safe behind the wheel.
Numbers differ, but the conclusion is the same
Two industry studies stand out like a flare on a dark highway. First, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports:
- About 52 percent of all accidents occur within 5 miles of a driver's home
- Nearly 70 percent of all accidents occur with 10 miles of a driver's home
A Progressive insurance survey of more than 11,000 drivers – a mammoth sample size – found 77 percent of all accidents occur with 15 miles of a driver's home:
- 23 percent of all accidents occur with 1 mile of a driver's home
- 29 percent occur within 2 to 5 miles
- 17 percent occur within 6 to 10 miles
- 8 percent occur within 11 to 15 miles
- 6 percent occur within 16 to 20 miles
- 17 percent occur more than 20 miles from a driver's home
The rationale Las Vegas car accident lawyers hear most
Drivers who were at-fault in either single- or multiple-car accidents close to home often use different language to explain what caused the accident. But the Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez see a common thread binds them all: Complacency. Driving amid familiar surroundings often causes drivers to harbor:
- A sense of urgency to get home (especially at the end of a work day)
- A false sense of security, as in, "Nothing can happen to me here; I'm in my comfort zone"
- An overblown sense of confidence in knowing the neighborhood so well that drivers also think they can respond to whatever they encounter on the road there, too
- A sense of entitlement, as in, "This is my neighborhood. I can drive however I want here."
Bad habits crop up on the road of complacency
That last sentiment especially can spell trouble because it takes away from the degree of safety that motivates drivers to exercise caution and stay alert. Whatever thoughts they may be harboring, drivers who are involved in accidents close to home often:
- Fail to wear a seat belt
- Disobey the speed limit
- Engage in a distracting activity they might avoid farther from home or amid unfamiliar surroundings, especially talking on the phone and texting
Las Vegas car accident lawyers strive to keep you safe
The remedies are self-evident:
- Keep your seat belt on until you pull into your driveway
- Obey the posted speed limit, no matter how well you think you know the vehicular and pedestrian movements of your neighborhood
- Don't talk on the phone or text while you drive
- Keep your guard up and remain vigilant
Call the experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez if you're involved in an accident caused by a complacent driver. Whether it occurs 5 miles or 50 miles from home, you can count on us to become your best legal advocate – and safely navigate you around the kind of accidents people tend to make when they don't have the best legal representation in the state of Nevada. Call 702-388-4476 for a free legal consultation.