You should always be uber-careful when you get behind the wheel. However, studies have shown that certain times of day and year have peak rates of car accidents. There are also certain locations where car accidents are all the more frequent. So during these times and in these areas, it is in your best interest to proceed with caution. Continue reading to learn where and when car accidents commonly occur and how one of the experienced Howard County car accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you take the proper measures in the event of a crash.
Where and when do car accidents commonly occur in the state of Maryland?
The most obvious time of day in which car accidents commonly occur is during rush hour. That is, drivers tend to act more aggressively when commuting to work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and commuting home between the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Other times when car accidents are more common are as follows:
- During holiday weekends (i.e., higher rate of drunk driving incidents).
- During nighttime hours (i.e., poorer visibility conditions).
- During times of snowstorms or rainstorms (i.e., poorer road conditions).
Then, the most common location where car accidents tend to occur is on a major interstate highway. This is because there are more cars on interstate highways, which translates into more congestion, more stop-and-go traffic, and therefore more susceptibility to collisions. Other common locations are as follows:
- At major intersections (i.e., a greater rate of pedestrian accidents).
- In rural neighborhoods (i.e., a greater rate of illegal traffic maneuvers).
- In parking lots or garages (i.e., sharper turns and larger blind spots).
What measures need to be taken after my car accident?
It does not necessarily matter where and when your car accident took place. What matters is that you attain the justice that you deserve. This is best done by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent driver.
Importantly, you must consider the evidence you need for your claim while you are still at the scene of your accident. Therefore, it is in your best interest to immediately take the following measures:
- Call law enforcement to come to the scene of your accident.
- Submit to medical attention by EMTs and paramedics who respond to your accident.
- Take photos and videos of your personal injuries, car damages, and any present safety hazards.
- Obtain the contact information of all the other drivers involved in your accident.
- Collect oral and written testimonies from witnesses who saw the events of your accident.
You must not question your instinct to retain the services of one of the skilled Howard County auto accident attorneys. Our team at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates will work to determine which legal option best suits you.