Many car accidents that occur in Maryland happen on major roads and highways. However, even more take place close to home. There are various reasons why this is the case.
Residential neighborhoods experience more car accidents because of speeding. When a driver puts the pedal to the metal and travels too fast over the speed limit, it significantly increases the risk of a crash. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to safely control a vehicle. They can end up losing control of their steering and have trouble slowing down or stopping when necessary.
More parked vehicles
Some accidents happen because of parking issues. A driver might want to park on the street in between two other parked cars and have an accident because of the tight squeeze. Another scenario that can cause a car accident with parked cars is that the street is too narrow. Inexperienced drivers or those in larger, bulkier vehicles like SUVs, vans or pickup trucks might be more susceptible to such accidents.
Car accidents can happen close to home because drivers become overconfident. After driving down the same roads in your neighborhood so many times over the years, you might take for granted that you will always be safe and an accident couldn’t possibly happen. Unfortunately, these incidents often occur when you least expect them; you could easily get into a fender bender in your neighborhood and even right outside your home.
Driving under the influence
Many people think of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs happening on highways. However, this is not the case; many instances of intoxicated driving occur on local residential streets. They can happen right on your block, very close to your home.
You can’t control what other drivers do, but you can be a safer driver. Use common sense and remain alert at all times behind the wheel.