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September 20, 2017

Motorists in Colorado and throughout the country tend to do the majority of their driving within 25 miles of home. Therefore, it may not be surprising to hear that this is where the majority of accidents take place. While drivers may believe that they can rely on muscle memory when driving in familiar areas, it is always good to stay alert and responsive while behind the wheel.

Wearing a seat belt may also be an effective way to stay safe while operating a motor vehicle. This may be a good habit even when driving only a few hundred yards from home. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, most drivers who don’t wear seat belts cite the short nature of their trip for why they skip it. However, an accident could result in injuries no matter where a driver goes.

Drivers should be on the lookout for children or animals that may cross into the street unexpectedly. It is also a good idea to be on the lookout for drivers who may stop suddenly or otherwise take an unpredictable course of action while in close proximity to their vehicles. It is also possible for a vehicle to stop running at any time, and drivers need to be ready to react quickly if that happens.

The vast majority of motor vehicle accidents are attributable to human error. This usually means that a driver was negligent in some fashion, such as being inattentive, driving too fast for road or weather conditions, or impaired by alcohol. A person who has been injured in such a crash might find it advisable to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses.