Motor vehicle accidents are all too common in the US and across the world. For the most part, car accidents are caused by various types of human error. Some car accidents are minor, but at least 35,000 people die in car accidents annually in the US.
Below are some of the most frequent causes of car accidents, as well as how to avoid them.
Distracted driving is becoming a bigger threat each year, with more than 3500 people killed by distracted driving each year. All states now have texting and driving laws that impose penalties for texting or talking on a cell phone behind the wheel. You can prevent this type of accident by simply never using a cell phone when you are driving.
Drunk driving still kills thousands of Americans every year. Even if you are under the legal limit of .08%, you still can get in a drunk driving crash, and be criminally charged. Never get behind the wheel after drinking and this will never happen to you.
Various types of aggressive driving behavior fall into the category of reckless driving: Changing lanes without looking; speeding far above the speed limit; and tailgating all can lead to fatal accidents. Everyone should just stay calm and take their time while driving.
Most of us cannot avoid driving in the rain or snow, but many drivers drive too fast in bad weather and have accidents. You can avoid this by slowing down in poor weather and allow more distance from the next vehicle.
Driving at Night
Not being able to see as well at night leads to car accidents. Be sure you are extra alert at night and use your high beams when you cannot see well, as long as other drivers are not approaching.
You should not get too close to the car in front of you. You may not be able to stop in time if the vehicle stops suddenly. Stay a safe distance behind the car in front of you.
Wrong Way Driving
Driving the wrong way on a highway or one-way street can lead to a serious accident. Be careful and look out for street and highway signs that indicate one-way traffic.
Teenagers lack the experience of older drivers and tend to drive more aggressively. If you are a young driver, you can avoid accidents by driving slower and using extra caution. Remember: You lack the experience of older drivers and may drive in ways that are more likely to cause accidents.
Some drivers avoid potholes and get into an accident. No one wants to drive over a pothole and damage their vehicle, but it is not worth getting in an accident over it.
A construction zone is a common place for accidents. Most often, people drive too fast in these areas and get into accidents. Always follow the speed limit signs in construction zones and drive even slower if necessary.
If you get a blowout while driving, you can lose control of your vehicle. While some blowouts cannot be avoided, do not drive on your tires beyond their useful life to avoid this type of accident.