Car accidents are unfortunately very common in the United States and the majority of these road crashes are caused by human error. While some are relatively minor, thousands of lives are taken every year by these horrible car crashes.
Your life can be at risk if you drive in an unsafe manner, it is so important to drive carefully and follow all traffic laws. However, just because you are careful does not mean that you can assure that all other drivers on the road will do the same thing.
Top Causes Of Auto Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies distraction as any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from focusing on driving to another task. This can include tasks like:
- Talking on cell phones
- Talking to passengers
- Adjusting radio/climate controls
Although it can be tempting to push the speed limit when you are running late, speeding is the second most common cause of accidents, so you should resist the urge and stay within the legal limits.
Drinking alcohol can severely impair our judgment and cognitive abilities to drive. According to the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention: Everyday 28 people die due to drunk driving in the United States. This is equivalent to 1 death every 53 minutes
While alcohol is the culprit we usually associate with DUIs, drugs, including marijuana, prescription pills, and other illegal drugs also cause terrible accidents. Never drive if you are under the influence of any drug, prescribed or not.
Weather-related accidents are defined as accidents that occur while driving under adverse conditions such as rain, snow, fog etc.
Changing lanes too quickly, speeding well over the limit, and acting aggressive on the roads can lead to horrible accidents.
Driving while being tired may seem like an innocent activity but it is proven to be quite deadly.
Running Red Lights
It may seem obvious, but it bears repeating. Red always means stop. Even if it seems like no other cars are coming, you can cause a serious accident by running a red light and you will be breaking the law
Sometimes accidents are caused by flaws in the car itself. While you cannot always avoid this, make sure to take note of any recalls in the news and take your car in for regular maintenance.
Anyone who has ever heard someone tell about hitting a deer knows that this is a big danger. For this reason, take extra caution when you see an animal crossing sign and always use your high beams when traveling in rural, woody areas where wild animals are common.
Sometimes the way a construction zone is set up can be confusing. Follow the cones as well as possible and be aware of other drivers who may be confused. It is especially important to drive slowly in these areas to avoid even the smallest accidents from occurring.
Lack of visibility makes hazards more difficult to see at night. Make sure that you are extra alert on the road at night, and use your full lights when on an abandoned road without street lights.
Tips For Preventing Accidents
- Avoid speeding.
- Never drink and drive.
- Avoid being distracted
- Don’t use your cell phone
- Be extra cautious during bad weather.
- Don’t try to beat the red light.
- Get plenty of sleep.
Road accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Often, drivers are distracted while behind the wheel, taking their focus away from the road. In other cases, drivers can become tired after spending multiple hours at the wheel.
There are many accidents that could actually be prevented if people were just doing the things they are supposed to be doing when they are behind the wheel. When you are on the roads, make sure that you are following all of the rules of the road, and being careful to avoid any trouble, including accidents.
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