Going on a road trip? Plan ahead by taking every precaution and ready yourself (and your car) for the hours and hours of driving. Nobody wants to be in a car accident. However, when on the road there are many uncontrollable factors. Here are the five most common causes of car accidents with simple solutions:
The percentage of car accidents that revolve around distracted driving is growing to terrifyingly high levels. With more and more technology to distract us, it’s a growing problem in America, and it’s mercilessly taking its toll. Texting and smartphone usage has become the most common manifestation of the driving distraction, but other distractions that also very commonly cause accidents include tuning the radio (or other audio-related action, like changing the CD), eating, talking to others and putting on makeup.
Solution: Just drive. Really. Everything else can wait. Even if you feel like it really can’t, really, it can. Don’t put your life or anyone else’s life in danger just because you absolutely must eat in the car or check your texts. Leaving earlier or putting your phone away from the driver’s seat could be annoying or troublesome, but it’s a lot better than an accident.
Speeding is a common practice among drivers these days, and for many, unfortunately, it’s not until they’ve gotten a ticket, or an accident, that they finally realize that it’s not worth it. Other reckless driving behaviors include failing to signal properly, unsafe lane changes, tailgating and failing to yield the right of way.
Solution: Be respectful not only of the laws but of the drivers with whom you are sharing the road. Don’t assume that other drivers and read your mind or that your “courageous,” reckless driving will impress anyone.
Surprisingly numerous car accidents happen because of the car’s mechanical failure. Tire blowouts, brake failures, steering failure and suspension failures all cause the car to lose control and accidents commonly happen as a result.
Solution: Because of this, it is critical for you to keep up with the maintenance of your car. If you are driving a vehicle that is rented or leased, make sure that the company that owns the car is reliable and has proof of meeting industry safety standards.
Awareness of this problem has grown significantly over the past years. However, it is still a huge problem. Not much needs to be said about how this type of accident happens, but it cannot be emphasized enough how unnecessary, irresponsible, and threatening this type of behavior is. Drunk driving accidents tend to be very serious and too many people and families have been victimized, harmed, and killed by drunk drivers.
Solution: Every single drunk driving accident can be avoided by taking a cab or riding with a designated driver.
When the city or state fails to properly maintain the roads, it can cause, and has caused, traffic accidents. Common problems include uncleared roadway debris, faded road signs, potholes and improperly managed road construction.
Solution: Unfortunately, because the city is at fault for these accidents, there is little you can do around the time of the accident to prevent it. Do your best to stay vigilant, knowing that these types of accidents can and do happen, and report problematic areas and situations when you see them.
Adam Loewy is a personal injury lawyer at the Loewy Law Firm. He has over ten years of experience in winning car accident cases. He has always been passionate about road safety and bringing justice to inconsiderate drivers.
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