We all understand that car accidents are a very real possibility, even as we do our best to avoid them. Sometimes it is simply beyond your control: one reckless driver trying to cross four lanes of traffic without a turn signal could cause an accident. In other instances, there may not even be reckless driving involved. A freak occurrence such as a blown-out tire or unexpected hydroplaning could make even the safest of drivers lose control of their vehicles.
Certain Areas Are At A Higher Risk
Still, while accidents tend to be random and unpredictable, statistics do indicate patterns. For example, did you know that where you live could mean that you are more likely to get into an accident? According to data compiled between the years of 2008 and 2012 in the state of Virginia, urban areas could be at a higher risk of fatal traffic accidents, as could people in passenger cars between the ages of 20 and 29.
Across this four-year period, the total number of fatal car accidents remained fairly steady, excluding the year 2008. Despite this, the number of fatal accidents in rural areas trended downward, while the number of urban fatal accidents jumped by over 100 between 2011 and 2012. On a year to year basis, occupants of passenger vehicles made up over 40 percent of accident fatalities.
Our Trial Attorneys Can Help
While this data may help you avoid accidents, the fact of the matter remains that there is truly no way to predict where or when an accident will occur. The one thing we can control is how we react to car accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Northern Virginia auto accident lawyers of Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC at 703-691-8333 to schedule your free consultation.