You may have heard that most car accidents occur close to home, but is that true? And if so, why? Well, according to a 2015 epidemiological study published in The Journal of Trauma Acute Care Surgery, seventy-seven percent of injuries from motor vehicle collisions occurred within ten miles of the patient’s residence. Further, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that of the approximately one quarter of all Americans who have been involved in a car crash in their lifetimes, a full half of all collisions were reported to have happened within five miles of their residences. The data shows you are more likely to be involved in a car crash relatively close to your home, so it bears out that even the most routine trip to the grocery store, to work, or to school is as likely as any other drive, and perhaps even more likely, to result in an accident.

The reasons for this are not all documented, but here are several theories:

  1. Overconfident or distracted driving

You already hit the snooze button once or twice, but if you leave right now, you will get to work right on time. There are one or two “housekeeping” matters that will need to go mobile, however. You pack up your makeup or electric razor and hit the road. This should not be a problem. After all, you have done this commute three thousand times before….

It stands to reason that certain activities while driving are more likely on the daily commute than, say, a couple’s date night or a family trip to the mall. In some cases, people choose to do these things because they are overly confident in their ability to multitask on a road they have traveled many times before.

  1. Tiredness and fatigue

Last night’s near all-nighter was not all that unexpected. After all, final exams are next week, and you had a lot of crunching to do.

More people are attending higher education institutions than ever before, and Colorado has the nation’s second-most highly educated workforce, so many of its residents can relate to academic-related exhaustion that can make driving less safe.

Sure, the forecasters predicted a snow “storm”, but this is a snow “apocalypse.” You check your phone’s map-app and it predicts a doubling of your commute time. Better leave early to make sure you get to work on time.

Denver drivers’ average commute time as of 2017 was approximately forty-six minutes. The longer the commute, generally the earlier people leave their homes. Lack of quality sleep and ever-lengthening commutes contribute to sleepy, fatigued driving, which in turn leads to more crashes.

  1. Rush hour and heavy traffic

Living near the city has a lot of benefits. Sporting events, concerts, and great dining options abound. But one glaring disadvantage is the sheer amount of traffic. You have perfected the routes you take to your most-visited places depending on the time and day, but sometimes there is simply no avoiding the stop-and-go.

Crashes, especially fender-benders, are much more likely to occur when there is heavy traffic. And heavy traffic is almost always in and around the city, where most people call home. Furthermore, some people may become impatient and frustrated when they are caught in traffic, which can lead to poor decision-making.

As is often the case, it is generally a combination of multiple factors that makes it more likely you will be involved in a traffic accident closer to home rather than, for example, on a daytrip out of town. Perhaps the most important factor is the fact that most of us, most of the time, spend most of our time not too far from where we rest our heads at night. But familiarity with the area and other factors should not lull us into complacency. Be vigilant when driving at all times, including on routine, close-to-home trips.

If you’ve been injured in a car wreck—close to home or further afield—contact one of our experienced personal-injury attorneys at the law firm of Bell & Pollock P.C. so we can help you formulate your Legal Game Plan.™

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CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
Outcome: $650,000

CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
Outcome: $1,250,000

CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive issues which required cognitive training and therapy.
Outcome: $400,000

CASE: Client was entering a highway from an on ramp and was rear-ended by a commercial van. Client tested positive for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and failed conservative treatment. Client underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgey, which involved removal of the first rib to attempt to relieve pressure in the thoracic outlet. Client also suffered a back injury.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver, who crossed the center line of the road. Client underwent multiple surgeries and could not work. Client was late 40s and needed a modified life care plan.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a tow truck driver who was a diabetic. The diabetic at fault party was a non-compliant diabetic and claimed he had a syncope episode, and was “blacked out”. Client had a preexisting back condition known and the forces from the collision aggravated, or made worse, the preexisting back condition in addition to, causing neck injuries.
Outcome: $350,000

CASE: Client was a passenger in a car where the driver fell asleep on a country road in the early morning hours. The car rolled multiple times. Client had eye injuries, facial injuries and neck and knee injuries.
Outcome: $850,000

CASE: Client was on the job, driving her own car, when she was rear-ended. She suffered a concussion with traumatic brain injury and pursued Workers Compensation Claim.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice in Central City. He suffered back injuries, that did not require injections.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice on a sidewalk in front of a business. She had to have knee surgery and multiple injections in her back.
Outcome: $175,000

CASE: Client was visiting a friend who was renting a house. Client tripped on untreated, dangerous section of deck and injured his back.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE:Client was rear ended and needed fusion spinal surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE:Client was rear-ended and had to have rotator cuff surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Settled for $65,000

CASE:Client was at Denver International Aiport traveling through Denver, slipped and fell and broke her ankle.
Settled for $118,750

CASE:Client was exposed to mold in a multi-family dwelling that was caused by leaking water.
Settled for $125,000

CASE:Motorcycle accident, reconstructive surgery, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurological injuries
Settled for $1,275,000

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