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Where Do Most Accidents Happen?

Vehicles on road after accident

It is very difficult to predict where an accident can occur. But there are common places where accidents are most likely to occur. The risk of an accident is always there, despite where you are driving. There are a few common spots where car accidents are more likely to occur.

It could be very difficult to drive on city streets you have not driven before. This is especially common in congested cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas where there are several routes to get from point A to point B. Many who take a different route usually feel some form of anxiety as they frantically look at all the road signs and make sure that they are driving correctly. During this time, it could be very difficult to scan the entire road, look at all the cars next to you, and pay attention to the speed limit. Although you try to drive carefully, it could be very difficult in a new place.

But, sometimes, even driving on congested roads may lead one to frantically get home. For example, someone driving on a well-known road has already been used to what it looks like and how it drives, therefore, they do not pause and drive attentively. This occurs when people drive from muscle memory.

Rural areas

Because rural areas do not have traffic lights, car accidents are more likely to take place. In bumper-to-bumper city traffic, cars are not traveling at high speeds. Therefore, there is not much to pay attention to. But, on empty roads, is very easy to be distracted on a cell phone and look away. Speeding at high speeds does not provide the driver with ample time to slow down if another car, pedestrian, or animal ends up being in front of them. In 2017, about 40% of car accidents happened in rural areas.


One of the most common places where accidents happen is at intersections. At intersections, it could get very complicated when all cars do not know who has the right of way. Because of this, many cars just go for it and drive forward, eventually ending up hitting another car on the side. This could lead to a multiple car accident. Multiple vehicle car accidents usually involve very severe injuries and multiple parties, making a difficult when filing a legal claim. Multiple vehicle car accidents usually occur when cars fail to stop at a red light and disregard residential stop signs.


Near fatal car accidents occur within the 5-mile radius of home. This usually happens when the driver is zoning out as they make their way back home. Because several people drive on muscle memory when getting home, this leads to distracted driving where the car can sideswipe other parked cars. Further, residential neighborhoods have children, bikers, and pedestrians in the way walking across the roads. A distracted driver poses a very large threat to everyone on the road. Just a one second glance away could potentially kill someone.


Driving through rush hour traffic increases your risk of getting involved in a car accident. With bumper to bumper stop and go traffic, drivers are more likely to be distracted on their phones. The driver ends up rear-ending the car in front of them. You are more likely to get involved in an accident during rush hour traffic of the morning around 9 a.m. and around the evening at 5 p.m.  When construction is happening on the roads, you are even more likely to end up in a traffic accident.

Parking lots

Backing out of a space in a parking lot could increase your chances of getting involved in a car accident. Several oncoming cars to not stop for cars that are backing out of a space to exit. The person backing out of their space also has several blind spots that they neglect to double-check. Parking lot accidents involve more pedestrians, because people are walking behind the car and failing to look as the car is backing out.


Roundabouts pose dangerous situations and drivers who are not alert are more likely to end up sideswiping or t-boning another car who is also in the roundabout. Roundabouts require 100% of  the driver’s attention. Pedestrians should also be very careful when walking at or near roundabouts.

 When do most car accidents happen?

  • Summer: You are more likely to get involved in a car accident during the summer than during the winter. Although the winter has several days of dangerous rain and snow, more people are on the roads during the summer as they go on road trips and vacation in nearby cities.
  • Holidays: holidays such as July 4th and New Year’s Day have reported more car accidents than any other holiday. On these days, many families are on the road are driving to and from each other’s homes.
  • Afternoon: you are more likely to be involved in a car accident in the afternoon between the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. since that is when majority of people are on the roads driving to get from school to home or from work to home.

What to Do After an Accident

There are some important things to jot down immediately after being involved in an accident. First thing is to make sure you are safe and check to see if the other parties are safe as well. The next steps will be getting their information such as their name, phone number, address, and license information. For more information, check out our checklist on what needs to be done after an accident.

Call an experienced car accident attorney today

We offer risk-free consultations to better determine your claim and the best legal action to take. Because car accidents can get very complicated, and may involve several injured parties, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced car accident attorney. Having an experienced attorney could essentially make or break your case. Without an aggressive attorney advocating for your rights, it could be very difficult when asserting your legal claims.

Navigating through the legal process could be very difficult, and so a personal injury attorney is necessary to help you file your legal claims. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not have to pay your lawyer out right unless we win compensation for you. For more information, visit our page on our attorney’s fees.

What Will My Personal Injury Accident Attorney Do?

Your attorney will work to gather all evidence, this includes the car accident police reports and any eyewitness statements, to determine fault and liability. When you do not take the time to consult a car accident lawyer, your physical recovery is put at risk. You are less likely to be reimbursed for your medical costs if you do not hire a personal injury attorney.

***Disclaimer: This blog is created by Heidari Law Group for educational purposes. This article provides a general understanding of the law. It does not provide specific advice. By using this site and reading through this blog, there is no attorney-client relationship created between you and any member of Heidari Law. Further, due to the constant change of th

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