Car accidents happen more often than you might think. In some cases, there’s not just one person to blame. It can be challenging to determine which types of drivers are most likely to cause a car accident, but these are some of the top most common causes of car accidents.
As you’ve probably heard, drunk driving is extremely dangerous, illegal, and a top cause of car accidents. Alcohol impairs your ability to make good decisions about when to drive, who you should let in your car, and how you should handle yourself on the road.
Your muscles move slower than usual when intoxicated, even with one drink. It takes longer for your body to react when something happens outside of the vehicle, and this delay can be dangerous!
Although driving under the influence is a cause that you could avoid, unfortunately, these types of accidents occur too often and can change the course of a person’s life forever. However, with the help of Zinda Law, you’ll receive the legal support and guidance to move on in the event you’re ever involved in a drunk driving or other car accident.
According to the CDC, every day in the U.S., nine victims lose their life to accidents involving a distracted driver. Distractions include:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Texting and sending emails from a smartphone or tablet
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Adjusting the radio, streaming device, or GPS
To avoid causing this type of accident, avoid multitasking when driving. Certain apps also help prohibit cellphone use on the road if you have trouble staying focused.
Speeding is dangerous for many reasons, but it’s perilous because it can be difficult to anticipate how a speeding driver will react in a situation where they need to stop quickly. Driving too fast puts yourself at greater risk for an accident and other people at risk.
Speeding can also cause more severe injuries when someone does get into an accident with you since you’ll likely be going faster than other vehicles on the road. Additionally, if the other person injured in an accident was speeding, there is additional legal liability for that person who caused harm due to speeding.
Bad Weather and Road Conditions
When it comes to car accidents, poor weather and road conditions are often the culprit. Reaction time is diminished when there are icy roads or blinding rain. Poor weather makes it more likely that you’ll swerve off the road and into another vehicle. Inclement weather can sometimes cause cars to slide off highways or bridges before colliding with other vehicles.
Bad road conditions also pose a problem when they cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. If a snowstorm has forced plows off-schedule and left massive piles of slush on the side of the road that emergency road cleanup vehicles didn’t clear—or if rainwater has pooled in potholes—it could be difficult for drivers to avoid these hazards as they pass by at high speeds.
Car accidents can happen when you least expect them. Although you can’t control how other drivers will conduct themselves on the road, we hope knowing the common causes of car accidents can help you when you’re behind the wheel.