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When and where most car accidents occur

Pennsylvania has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most dangerous states in the Northeast to drive in. Contrary to what some may believe, many accidents happen on quiet roads. Driving on familiar roads could lead a driver to pay less attention, and that can cause car accidents.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rural roads see more accidents than busy highways. Large states with many roadways tend to have the most car accidents. In 2013, Texas had the most highway fatalities, closely followed by California. In the Northeast, statistics from 2012 show that largely rural Pennsylvania had more accidents than New York and more than twice as many as New Jersey.

Drivers may be more alert on busy streets and in heavy traffic, which could actually make driving in urban areas safer. However, heavy traffic does play a part in potential collisions. The most dangerous time to drive, according to accident statistics, is rush hour or the hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Seat belt use could be another factor in fatality rates. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, people often don't buckle up when they are only going a short distance. Since many car accidents happen to drivers who are within 25 miles of home, believing that a short drive doesn't require a seat belt could wind up leading to more serious injury if an accident happens.

When someone is injured in a car accident, monetary compensation could be sought by filing a personal injury claim. Negligence on the part of another driver or party would have to be proven in order for the injured person to be awarded compensation.

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