Car accidents happen every day.
Sometimes they're unavoidable, but drivers can reduce their risk by avoiding some of the busiest intersections in town.
“Typically the majority of the crashes occur in intersections with Ross Clark Circle. “ Dothan Police Department Lieutenant Todd David said.
In fact, all three of Dothan’s top crash sites are along the circle.
Coming in at number one, with 53 crashes since January, is where west Main Street intersects the circle.
The Montgomery Highway intersection ranks second, with 44-accidents.
And the South Oates street intersection rounds out the top 3, with 41.
“The biggest majority of the crashes occur when people follow too close, misjudging stopping distance.
It’s one of those things people are in a hurry to get to where they are going, not paying that much attention you get tailgating is what we refer to it as.” David said.
David says giving yourself extra time and space can save lives.
“I know everyone has soccer practice t-ball tennis practice we are a fast paced society. Give yourself a little bit of time a rule of thumb is twenty feet for every ten miles an hour.” David said.
In 2012, there were 5 fatal crashes in Dothan.
So far this year, there have been 2.
And with the school year about to end, officers urge drivers to be even more careful.
“We want motorists to be aware of children out in the day time, and we want them to recognize hazards and avoid any type of tragedy like that.” Dothan Police Department Sergeant Tim Elliot said.
And just because the sun is out, doesn't mean you're less likely to be in a crash.
Statistics show more than 75-percent of all accidents happen during the day.
There's always a dispute over who's the worst driver, men or women.
According to recent stats from Dothan police, there's not much difference.
The number of crashes caused by men and women is almost 50-50.
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