Most accidents happen close to home — you’ve heard this one, right? It belies the idea that the more familiar the road, the more easily distracted we tend to be. But what’s the definition of “close?” And do the numbers back it up?
The saying, insurance industry experts say, can be traced to a survey by Progressive Insurance, one of the country’s biggest auto insurance providers. “The survey found that 52 percent of reported crashes occurred 5 miles or less from home, and a whopping 77 percent occurred 15 miles or less from home,” reads Progressive’s website.