When we hear about car accident, many of us envision two cars colliding with each other. However, according to crash data from IIHS, single-vehicle crashes account for over 50 percent of all accidents. While these incidents often involve hitting a stationary object such as a guardrail or a pole, they can encompass several other scenarios.
Drivers know to take it slow and keep their distance from other cars during snow, ice and rainstorms. When it comes to different types of inclement weather, fog often gets overlooked as a serious hazard. Yet, the statistics paint a different picture.
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.