3 of the Most Common Places for Car Accidents in Pittsburgh

Auto accidents can happen at any time and at any place—day or night, big city or small town. Pennsylvania seems to be particularly prone to fatal auto accidents; in 2012, there were 1,211 deaths caused by car accidents, which was the highest number of auto accident deaths in the Northeast. You need to be prepared for the inevitable, as the average American files an auto accident claim at least once every 18 years.

There are certain locations in each town or city where auto accidents seem to occur more than usual, and it’s important to be on high alert while driving in these places in Pittsburgh:

1. Parking Lots

It’s not surprising that auto accidents are highly prevalent in parking lots. There is a constant flow of pedestrians walking to and from the store and drivers pulling in and out of parking spots. Luckily, many of these incidents only cause minor damages to the vehicles involved, but parking lots are also breeding grounds for severe pedestrian accidents, especially for small children who are difficult to identify in rearview mirrors.

3. Neighborhood Communities

According to a Progressive Insurance study, an estimated 52% of auto accidents happen within a 5-mile radius of the driver’s home. This can happen for a number of reasons and could be attributed to fatigue or “auto-pilot.” You’re more comfortable driving in your own neighborhood, which could cause your attention to be lax and lead to parked car collisions, sideswiping and pedestrian injuries or death.

3. Rush Hour Commutes

Car accidents in Pittsburgh are naturally more likely to occur when there are more cars on the roads and highways. Your chances of being involved in an auto accident are statistically higher when you’re commuting home between the hours of 3pm and 6pm. This can be attributed to more than the influx of cars on Pittsburgh roadways—aggressive driving and distracted driving play a part in rush hour accidents as well.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please call our office to schedule your FREE case evaluation. Hal Waldman & Associates serve clients in Pittsburgh, Penn Hills, McKeesport and surrounding Pennsylvania areas.