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Common Causes of Car Accidents and Prevention

In 2013, 32,719 people died in car crashes. The increasing number of car accidents can be controlled if individuals drive safely and follow the rules of the road. It is important to be aware of the causes of car accidents and preventive measures, so that accidents can be avoided while driving.

Below are common causes and prevention of car accidents:

Causes:

Driver Impairment – Driver impairment occurs when an individual uses alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription or over-the-counter medications before or while driving. Intoxicated drivers can become drowsy, have difficulty concentrating and develop a slow reaction time, which may result in a catastrophic car accident.

Reckless Driving – Speeding, rubbernecking, tailgating, using the phone while driving, and failure to pay attention to traffic signals or road signs are all an indication of reckless driving.

Driver Distractions – Cell phones, navigation systems, car televisions, eating, putting on makeup, attempting to calm children in the backseat, conversing with passengers and reaching for an object inside the vehicle can cause drivers to take their eyes off the road, diverting attention from the road. These distractions can lead to an accident.

Poorly Maintained Roads: Poorly designed or infrequently maintained roads can create various road hazards. Potholes, uneven pavement, lack of signs, and shoulder drop offs can all increase the chances of an accident.

Unsafe Vehicles – Manufacturing defects in tires, brakes or steering mechanisms can also lead to car accidents.

There can be many reasons why a car crash occurs. To learn more about other causes

Preventive Measures

  • Avoid cars or drivers that are driving recklessly.
  • Always wear your seat belt and encourage your passengers to do the same.
  • Obey traffic signals and road signs.
  • Don’t talk or text on the phone, or eat while driving.
  • Always be alert and aware when your behind the wheel.
  • Drive safely and slowly on poorly maintained roads or seek a different route to avoid unsafe road conditions.
  • Regularly check and maintain your car.

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