Car accidents can change your life in an instant and can result in significant property damage, injury, and even death. While many accidents are caused by external factors, such as weather conditions or road hazards, the majority of car accidents are caused by human error. Given the complexities that come with the aftermath of a car accident, it could be in your best interest to hire a car accident lawyer that you can trust. Below are the top five most common causes of car accidents.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents, accounting for approximately 25% of all crashes. Distractions happen in countless forms, such as texting or talking on the phone, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio, or applying makeup. When drivers are distracted, they have less time to react to obstacles or hazards on the road, increasing the risk of an accident.
In order to avoid distracted driving, you should eliminate any distractions before getting behind the wheel. This means putting your phone on silent or in a location where you won’t be tempted to check it, finishing your meal before starting your car, and adjusting your radio or GPS before starting to drive. Remember that every time you get behind the wheel, you are driving on the road with other drivers, and you should be fully focused on your surroundings.
Speeding is the second most common cause of car accidents, accounting for approximately 17% of all crashes. When drivers exceed the posted speed limit, they have less time to react to hazards on the road, and their vehicle’s ability to stop is reduced. Additionally, the force of a collision is greater at higher speeds, increasing the risk of serious injury or death. Unfortunately speeding directly correlates with irresponsible driving, and in other words, leads to accidents that could have been avoided.
It’s important to pay attention to and obey the speed limits. Adjust your driving speed based on weather and road conditions. Leave extra time for your commute to avoid feeling rushed and tempted to speed.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a significant cause of car accidents, accounting for approximately 10% of all crashes. Drunk drivers have reduced reaction times, impaired judgment, and decreased coordination, making it difficult to operate a vehicle safely.
To avoid drunk driving, never drive after consuming alcohol or drugs. If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver or arrange for a ride-sharing service to take you home. Do not consider comprising your life or someone else’s in a situation like this.
Reckless driving, such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or failing to signal when changing lanes, is a significant cause of car accidents. This type of driving behavior puts other drivers and passengers at risk of injury or death.
You must follow traffic laws and avoid aggressive driving behaviors. Remember to signal when changing lanes, keep a safe distance from other vehicles, and never pass on the right.
Poor weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or ice, can increase the risk of car accidents. When roads are slippery or visibility is poor, drivers need to take extra precautions to stay safe. This includes reducing speed, using headlights, and avoiding sudden movements.
To avoid accidents in poor weather conditions, it’s important to be prepared and adjust your driving accordingly. Ensure that your vehicle is equipped with appropriate tires for the weather conditions and always leave extra space between yourself and other vehicles. If you are uncertain of your driving capabilities in certain weather conditions, you should feel comfortable canceling whatever plans you may have that require a commute.
Thanks to our friends at the Law Offices of David A. DiBrigida for their insight into car accidents.
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