Crash factors series: Location, location, location

Does your location put you at higher risk for a crash?

Statistically, there are a few key places where you’re more likely to be in a wreck. Topping the list is rural areas, where fatal crashes are 30 percent more likely to occur compared to urban areas. In addition, about 150 people die and 10,000 are injured in collisions with deer each year.*

For more minor fender benders, your odds are highest in parking lots. And lastly, that old saying about accidents happening close to home is actually true. A recent survey found that more than 50 percent of reported crashes occur within five or fewer miles from home.**

No matter where you are, it’s critical to always be aware of driving conditions and your surroundings. Avoid distracted driving and other behaviors that put you at risk for a crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision and someone else is at fault, it’s important to make sure you work with an attorney experienced in personal injury cases.

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