As you drive along, maybe it’s to or from work, shopping, or a sporting event, you don’t expect to get into a car accident. But unfortunately, it can happen. In fact, it’s estimated that there is a fatal car accident every fourteen minutes in the United States.
Here are some of the top causes of car accidents:
According to the American Automobile Association, between 25 and 50 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are due to distracted driving. This includes things such as texting, adjusting the radio, talking on a cell phone, and looking at scenery.
Fatigued drivers cause approximately 100,000 accidents in the United States every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The risk is greatest between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., and symptoms of drowsy drivers include crossing over road lines and varying vehicle speeds. It said that 1,500 people die and 71,000 people sustain injuries annually from crashes caused by a fatigued driver.
Anyone who drives in a bold or pushy manner without thought for the safety of others is guilty of aggressive driving. This includes ignoring traffic signals, illegal lane changes, and failure to yield.
Rain, snow storms, hail, fog, ice, and high winds often create bad driving conditions. Drivers behind the wheel should reduce speed and allow for additional space between the car in front of them.
A higher speed reduces a driver’s time to avoid a car accident, and it also increases the risk of crashing.