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When Close to Home is a Danger Zone

Studies show that almost one out of every three car collisions occurs within a mile of the driver’s home, and that a staggering 70% of all car accidents occur within ten miles of at least one of the drivers’ homes. A recent Progressive Insurance survey corroborates these numbers, adding the caveat that the majority of these accidents tend to be relatively minor. Parking lot bump-ins at the local market, or backing into a neighbor’s car are among these types of less serious accidents. Therefore, while most people worry about having a car accident while on a busy freeway, or away on vacation, our Miami car accident lawyers understand that chances are, the accident they are worried about will happen much closer to home.

Why Miami Car Accidents Occur Close to Home

The phenomenon of accidents occurring close to home happens in part because most of us have a “comfort zone” which includes where we live, work, shop and take our children to school. For most people this comfort zone consists of approximately a ten-mile radius from their home. Unfortunately, the negative side of this zone is that we become so conditioned to driving the same routes day in and day out that we tend to be less alert than in an unfamiliar area. When we set out on vacation, we are likely driving roads which we have not driven before, or at least have not driven very often.

This means we are more focused on driving and more aware of the other drivers sharing the road. On the other hand, when we are driving to work–a route we have driven hundreds, maybe thousands of times–we let down our guard and tend to zone out rather than focusing on our actual driving skills. In many cases drivers even fail to buckle up, reasoning it is “just a few blocks away.” In the end, we are lulled into a false sense of security and are likely thinking about what we will cook for dinner or our children’s soccer game rather than the potential for an auto accident.

What are Your Chances of Being Involved in a Miami Car Accident?

If you have not yet been involved in a car accident, count yourself extremely lucky. Overall, every adult driver will file a claim for a collision approximately once every 18 years. If you run the numbers, this means that the average driver who begins driving at age 16 will be involved in at least three car collisions by the time they reach the age of 70. Obviously, some people will have more accidents and some less, but since most of us could be considered “average” drivers, the odds are not in our favor for escaping a car accident during our lifetime.

Over two million people are involved in auto accidents each year, with the average amount of a claim amounting to approximately $24,000. Further, about three out of every 1,000 car collisions will result in a fatality. Miami car accidents occur daily, and every driver should take extra care when they get behind the wheel. In fact, if you want to avoid becoming one of those “normal” drivers who will have three to four accidents during your lifetime, consider the following:

• Don’t ever drive impaired, and avoid becoming a chronically distracted driver
• Obey the speed limit–nearly a third of all fatal auto accidents can be directly attributed to speeding or driving too fast for the conditions.

• Avoid driving during the deadliest three-hour period–between midnight and 3:00 a.m.

• Keep your eyes on the road–at least 995 of the 30, 797 fatal crashes in 2009 involved the use of a cell phone
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help Following Your Miami Auto Accident The attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have over three decades of experience helping those who have been injured due to the negligence of another. Our law firm has been reviewed by nationwide peer review organizations such as Martindale Hubbell (“AV” rated), Florida SuperLawyers and by Primerus. We understand you have medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering as a result of your accident and we will work aggressively on your behalf to recoup those loses. Our attorneys are among those voted South Florida’s top-rated lawyers by the Miami Herald. Call (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website for more information following your car accident in Miami.

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