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Most Common Places Where Car Accidents Happen in Northern Ireland 

Most Common Places Where Car Accidents Happen in Northern Ireland 

While we always pay attention to your surroundings when we’re driving, there are certain locations which require some extra attention. These hotspots account for the majority of car accidents and can be deceptively unsafe. 

In order to prevent needless accidents, we’ve listed a few different places where car accidents frequently occur and offer a few tips on how to avoid them. 

Car Parks

One of the most common places to get involved in a car accident is a car park. The close quarters and constant movement of cars and pedestrians is a recipe for disaster. While most of these accidents aren’t serious, as they typically involve drivers backing out at a slow speed, you shouldn’t be complacent. In order to avoid these types of accidents, it’s worth continually observing any hazards around you and maintain a very slow speed. 

Rural Roads

Many people assume that most serious accidents occur on urban roads. However, the reality is that the most serious and fatal accidents take place on rural roads. According to statistics provided by Brake, drivers are three times as likely to be killed travelled on a rural road than an urban one. Speed is the biggest factor in these types of accidents, so the best thing you can do is slow down. 

If you’re interested in the topic, we recently published a blog about accidents on rural roads that provides different tips on how to avoid various kinds of hazards. 


It goes without saying that many accidents take place at intersections. The most common reasons that accidents occur is people disobeying the signal lights, speed and inattention. In order to avoid these types of accidents, it’s always best to pay extra attention to the surrounding drivers, particularly if you are driving in rush hour. 

Close to Home

Did you know that most car crashes happen close to home? In fact, most happen within just a 5-minute drive. A great many of these are as a result of a sense of comfort that comes from driving in an area you know well. However, while you may feel that you know each and every street, that doesn’t mean that you are prepared for a car of pedestrian to pop out from a corner. Avoid these types of accidents by staying vigilant and driving slowly. 

If you were involved in a road traffic accident and need to speak with a solicitor, contact us today. 

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