A new study in Austria has revealed that a fourth of all car accidents occur within the first three minutes on the road. Researchers conducted the study by placing devices in participating vehicles. The devices recorded information about the length of the trips, the number of accidents and when the accidents occurred. Out of 3.2 million car trips in the study, fewer than 2,000 trips resulted in accidents.
Of the trips that did result in car accidents, 25% of accidents happened within the first three minutes, and 14% of accidents happened within the first six minutes. Researchers concluded that a great deal of accidents could be avoided if people walked short distances instead of taking their vehicles.
The study also noted that trips between 10 and 20 minutes long had the fewest car accidents. However, the risk sharply increased after being in the car for 40 minutes or more. One of the researchers said that many accidents are caused by human error like drunk driving, distracted driving or driving through bad weather conditions. Overall, the research suggests that people should walk and take their bicycles whenever possible. They should also take breaks if they plan on going on a long car ride.
How can people receive compensation after a car accident?
Car accidents can result in severe, life-threatening injuries for the victims. Some people suffer permanent disability that makes it impossible for them to go back to work. Once they leave the hospital, they have to deal with the mounting medical bills. As a result of these damages, the individual might be entitled to compensation from the other party involved in the crash.
If an individual wants to seek compensation, they might find it beneficial to hire an attorney. An attorney might be able to offer guidance and help them negotiate for the best possible settlement.