Most fatal crashes occur on trips within 25 miles of home. That's a statistic that has been around for a long time, but it continues to be used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today.
Taken as a stand-alone bit of information, that might lead some to think that the risk of a fatal accident somehow is reduced the further away from home you get. Not really. Deadly accidents can happen at any time, anywhere. Perhaps the better way to interpret the statement above is that most fatal accidents occur closer to home because that's where we do most of our driving.
Regardless of where the
occurs, injury or death can result and if the cause can be attributed to the negligence or reckless actions of another, those who have suffered loss may have cause to seek compensation from any number of potential sources. Determining how best to seek that compensation is something to discuss with an attorney.
Word of an accident that claimed the life of an Erie man last week is what brings this to mind. Authorities say the incident occurred in the area of Yuma, Arizona, around 10 p.m. last Friday.
The official report about the case says that a pickup truck being driven by a 21-year-old man was traveling on a dirt road when it went off the road and into a water-filled canal and sank. The driver and the 19-year-old Erie man who was a passenger in the vehicle were taken to a hospital in Yuma. The driver was treated for his injuries and released. The passenger died.
At the time this is written, it's reported that the accident is still under investigation, but authorities say they do believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Source: Yuma News Now, "
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