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Why do so many car accidents happen close to home?

When you think of the places where car accidents happen most, you might think they'd be in far-off locations, like a city you're not familiar with or your route on a cross-country road trip. However, the statistics show that a lot of accidents happen when people are no more than 25 miles from their own houses. Why is this the case?

There are a few obvious reasons that can't be ignored. For one thing, a lot of people just don't drive farther than that on a normal day. They live within 25 miles of work, they shop at nearby stores, and there's no reason to go more than 25 miles. Therefore, the likelihood of crashing in that area is just much higher.

However, some experts also think that it hurts that people know the area so well. They assume this makes them safer since they know where to turn, where the stop signs are and the like. Therefore, they get too relaxed, they don't think about what they are doing and they're more likely to crash because they're not paying attention.

On confusing roads that they rarely travel, people may feel more stressed, but this stress actually pushes them to keep their eyes on the road. They enjoy the drive less, but they pay more attention. They're more "dialed in" and so they are less likely to be involved in accidents.

No matter where you're driving in Colorado, you could be injured in an accident that is in no way your own fault. When this happens, you need to know what options you have to seek compensation from the responsible party.

Source: Esurance, "Where car accidents happen most," accessed Sep. 24, 2015

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