If you have to commute to work, driving becomes part of your daily routine. But how much time are you spending on the road, and just how much risk do you face during that drive? For many people, few things are as dangerous in their day as going to and from work.
Deadly crash stats
Some studies have discovered that roughly a quarter of all fatal crashes happen when people are commuting. That doesn’t mean every crash is a commuter — it could be someone running errands — but there are clear surges early and late in the day when commuters are about.
If your daily drive tends to encounter traffic jams, you may be at increased risk of being involved in a low-speed impact as drivers swerve to avoid snarls. The lower speeds may help to keep people alive, but the higher levels of traffic congestion increase the odds of a crash in the first place.
What can you do next?
In short, your daily commute likely raises the odds of an injury, especially if it’s for a substantial distance. If you do get injured, you may need to seek compensation for medical bills and related costs.