Approximately six million car accidents happen each year in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That’s about 16,438 per day. With this in mind, it’s important to know what to do if you are involved in a car accident.
One of the most common causes of a personal injury is as a result of a motor vehicle accident, so it is advisable to get legal advice as soon as possible following the incident. Many law firms such as Gina Corena & Associates offer free case evaluations which will help you to understand your legal rights and options. Below, we’ll highlight some of the top causes of car accidents helping you to avoid some of the pitfalls of motoring.
Distracted driving is the top cause of car accidents. With focus divided between driving and a range of other activities such as checking cell phones, eating, turning on the radio, or rubbernecking, it’s no wonder people don’t always have their eyes on the road.
Driving above the speed limit is another one of the top reasons for car accidents and fatalities. As your speed increases, your reaction times go down. This makes it difficult to prevent an accident in time, safely maneuver the curvature of a road, or judge the actions of another driver. This is why it’s important to stick to the posted speed limits.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the top causes of car accidents that can be easily avoided. Getting behind the wheel after drinking might result in more than just a D.U.I as it puts both the driver and other motorists at risk. Cognitive functions such as reaction times, vision, judgment, and attention can all be seriously impeded, so if you do decide to drink when you go out, make sure you have someone sober to drive you home.
Reckless driving is when a driver displays a blatant disregard for the rules of the road and the safety of other motorists. This could include weaving through traffic, tailgating, or running red lights. Such examples of reckless behavior on the road are a common cause of car accidents.
Poor weather, and rain in particular, can create dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility and slippery roads. Winter driving conditions such as ice and snow can cause tires to spin and slide, while the glare from the sun can blind drivers, preventing them from seeing what’s in front of them.
Running Red Lights
Red light running is another top cause of car accidents and drivers that do this also face a greater risk of causing death or serious injury compared to other types of accidents. Due to their high speed, drivers often cause ‘angular’ or side-on collisions with other cars and their occupants. Rather than trying to beat a red light, come to a stop when you see a light turn yellow.
As this article has shown, there are many reasons that car accidents occur. Some of these are due to unpredictable conditions or the actions of other drivers, but you should always do what you can to avoid putting yourself and others at risk.