In April 2019, the driver of a semi-tractor trailer drove into stopped traffic on a highway in Denver, causing a multi-car pileup of 28 vehicles. The impact resulted in a fire and several fatalities. We consider situations like this to be “freak accidents”, but a combination of factors can create a chain reaction that results in a multi-vehicle crash.
Where do car accidents most frequently happen? Many of us assume they occur on unfamiliar roads far from home or in crowded cities during rush hour. However, multiple studies show that you’re more likely to get into a collision within 10 miles of your home. According to a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), 52 percent of all collisions occur within a five-mile radius of a driver’s residence and 69 percent within 10 miles.
You know the risks of driving under the influence and that texting behind the wheel is particularly deadly. However, many drivers will think nothing of heading off on their morning commute after sleeping only five hours. Multiple studies indicate that getting less than six hours of sleep is just as bad as driving intoxicated.
Imagine you’re driving home after a long day of work when suddenly, a car driving in the opposite direction is headed right toward you. You react as quickly as you can, moving out of the way for the motorist – but not every driver is as lucky. Wrong-way driving makes up a small percentage of all motor vehicle accident statistics, but it has one of the highest fatality rates of all potential causes.
When someone swerves too close or pulls out in front of your vehicle, you might exclaim, make a gesture at the other driver or start to tailgate. Whether you’re the victim or aggressor, did you know these actions are considered a crime? A sudden burst of anger could actually result in a fine or jail time.