The term “car accidents” tends to float around, but these “accidents” often are avoidable if drivers pay attention to their surroundings. Below, we have composed a list of the top five most common causes of car accidents. Unfortunately, many of these causes will sound very familiar, as they are things we encounter daily on the road.
Distracted driving is the number one reason one may find themselves in a car accident. Distracted driving is an effortless habit to fall into. Changing the radio, eating, checking your phone, and more are all distracted driving practices that can cause severe accidents. It is essential to remember that you are operating a dangerous vehicle every time you sit behind the wheel.
We have all been driving when someone comes up on our tail or speeds past us aggressively. Driving at higher speeds than others around you puts everyone at higher risk for collision and causes more damage if a crash does occur. Speeding can also indicate a lack of patience and, therefore, a lack of decision-making skills.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is another common cause of car accidents. Unfortunately, despite the number of fatal accidents caused by drunk driving, there are still so many who would instead take the risk and then make unwise decisions. When you are in a situation where you may be unable to soberly drive, establish a designated driver or arrange for an Uber.
These two kinds of precipitation are the only weather-related causes to reach the top five category. You can’t control the weather, but you can how you react to it. Many will panic when any sort of precipitation falls from the skies. Others will usually drive without adjusting to the conditions, therefore not using the caution they should.
Running Red Lights and Stop Signs
Intersections can be hazardous if you are not careful and follow directions. Stop signs and traffic lights are there to prevent confusion and minimize collisions. When we ignore them, we risk not just ourselves but for everyone else around us.
It is vital to acknowledge that we are operating a dangerous piece of machinery when we drive. We have to take responsibility for our actions when on the road and do what we can to prevent car accidents that can harm others.