4 Common Causes of Car Accidents (and How to Avoid Them)

Did you know that there are around 1.3 million car accident fatalities around the world every year? Whether you are a new driver or have been driving for years it is important to be aware of the most common causes of car accidents to help you stay safer while you’re out on the open road. 

Keep reading to learn more about the most common causes of car accidents and tips to prevent car accidents. 

1. Distractions

One of the main reasons that people get into car accidents is because of being distracted. Some people have the bad habit of driving while texting, talking on the phone, checking how they look in the mirror, eating, switching radio stations, etc.

The best way to avoid an accident is to only use your cell phone in emergencies, do not eat while you are driving, let your passengers input the address into the GPS, etc. If you are ever hit by a driver that was distracted we highly recommend for you to find a lawyer to help you fight for your rights. 

2. Driving Too Close

Not keeping your distance is asking for trouble because you never know when the vehicle in front of you has to break because they missed their turn or their car suddenly shuts off on them. The best thing to do is always keep enough room in between your car and the one in front of you.

A good rule of thumb is to stay at least three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you and if your vehicle is heavier stay even longer. In the event, of bad weather make sure that you have even more time in between vehicles. 

3. Intersection Confusion

Sometimes intersections can be confusing, especially for newer drivers with less experience. It is confusing to understand who has the right of way and who doesn’t, the key is to watch out for drivers that might run the stop sign or red light at a four-way intersection. 

Make sure that you always come to a complete stop at any intersection even if you do not see any other vehicles. You can even use your hands to signal your intention if you want to avoid any further confusion and make sure that the other drivers know which way you are going. 

4. Bad Weather

With the weather being unpredictable at times, heavy rain, hail, sleet, snow, ice, and fog are all major causes of car accidents. The best thing to do is not drive in inclement weather conditions if you do not have to. If you have no choice, then make sure to not speed and take your time. 

Never make sudden stops in bad weather because you can cause the vehicle behind you to run into you. If you are out driving and you feel that the conditions are too dangerous it is best to pull over and wait it out or call for help. 

Now You Know the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

We hope that now that you are aware of the most common causes of car accidents, you can make better decisions whenever you get behind the wheel of your vehicle. 

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