On behalf of Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Car accident risk is something that increases with the more time you spend on the road. While there's something to be said for gaining experience and becoming a safer driver, you can't always count on other drivers. They make mistakes and cause accidents. The more time you spend behind the wheel, the more exposure you have to these dangerous drivers.

With that in mind, here are a few key statistics about how much people drive:

  • Generally, cars average about 15,000 miles every year. This is why you often see lease offers giving drivers 12,000 miles with an option to increase to 15,000.
  • If you live in an urban area, you probably take more daily drives than someone who lives in a rural area. However, those who live in rural areas actually cover more miles since their infrequent trips are so long.
  • When you average it all out, each trip that a person takes ends up being just less than 10 miles. Of course, there's a vast difference from one driver to the next. A trip to the store could mean 20 miles for someone in the country and a mile and a half for someone in the city.
  • Every day, people take an average of three trips in the car. It's not that much when you figure that many workers have two trips locked in -- the commute to work and again back home.
  • That said, work drives make up only 28% of the total miles. People put most of their miles on the car for things they choose to do, from a trip to the grocery store to a road trip across the country.

No matter how you drive, you could get injured in an accident. You need to know your rights to seek compensation.