As more and more drivers take to the roads, our highways become even less safe. While there’s no way to stop all accidents from occurring, a look at the most common causes of car accidents may help us to curb our bad driving habits. A safer road begins with recognizing our faults and correcting them, before it’s too late.
This has always been a problem, but the rate of crashes attributed to distracted driving has skyrocketed in recent years. This is largely due to increased mobile phone use on the roads.
While distracted driving has surpassed this as the top cause of accidents, drunk driving is still a large concern. As the second leading cause of crashes, it’s also one of the most preventable causes. Remain sober and get home alive.
Everyone does it, or, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves, but that doesn’t make it okay. In fact, speeding is responsible for almost as many roadway crashes as distracted driving. It’s easy to lose control of your vehicle at high speeds and an unexpected obstacle can appear at any time.
Here is another big danger to highway safety and it can include anything from aggressive driving tactics to driving at extremely fast speeds. Reckless driving has produced some of the most horrifying accidents on record. Even if you’re not the one dominating the roads in this way, be careful around other reckless drivers and give them a wide berth.
Rain and Snow
This is the first category which isn’t entirely preventable, though we can control how we react to these conditions. Take extra care in inclement weather to avoid skids, slips, and crashes. When visibility is low, drive extra cautiously and consider delaying your drive, if possible.
Running Red Lights and Stop Signs
This practice is all too common and results in some pretty nasty side-impact collisions. It can also result in a wrongful death lawsuit. It’s better to stop and watch for oncoming traffic than to risk lives.
These are just a few of the most common accidents seen on the roads today. As this list shows, most accidents are preventable with a little care and attention. It’s up to each one of us to do our part to keep the roads safe and flowing smoothly, so be cautious, courteous, and attentive.