5 common causes of car accidents and how to avoid them

Safely operating a motor vehicle is more challenging today than ever before. In addition to advanced technology, which often acts as a distraction, many people are always in a rush.

As a driver, it's imperative to have a solid understanding of the most common causes of car accidents. With the right knowledge, you'll find it easier to avoid trouble on the road.

Here are five of the most common causes of car accidents:

  • Distracted driving: With so many forms of distracted driving, this remains a top cause of car accidents. Texting, talking on the phone, conversing with passengers and eating are among the most common distractions.
  • Drunk driving: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has long been a problem. If you spot a drunk driver, keep your distance and report them to the authorities.
  • Inclement weather: For example, heavy rain can make it difficult to see the road ahead. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, slow down or pull off the road completely.
  • Reckless driving: This includes things such as excessive speeding, illegal lane changes and racing other vehicles. You don't have to partake in reckless behavior, but that doesn't mean others will take the same approach. Recognizing reckless driving and keeping your distance is a must.
  • Running a stop sign or red light: When this happens at an intersection, all vehicles in the area are at risk of an accident. Even if a traffic signal is green, proceed with caution while watching for cross traffic.

You can personally take steps to prevent a car accident caused by one of these things. What you can't do, however, is change the way that other people drive.

If you're injured in a car accident, move your vehicle to the shoulder of the road or a nearby parking lot (if you're able to do so). You should then check yourself for injuries and call 911. Paramedics will arrive to treat your injuries and transport you to a local hospital. Also, police will rush to the scene to assist all parties and help prevent a follow-up accident.

As you recover, take the time to file an insurance claim and learn more about your legal rights. The sooner you take action, the sooner you can fight for the compensation you deserve.

Browse our website and blog for more information on a variety of matters associated with motor vehicle accidents.

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