What are the most common causes of Road Accidents?
Accidents always cause mental trauma and often incur physical injuries and monetary loss. The scene of an accident is always chaotic and usually witnesses high and fluid emotions. It is safe to say that most sane people wouldn’t wish to be involved in an accident. To help this cause, we have listed a few of the most common reasons for accidents and a few preventive measures to counter. We hope you always have a safe journey.
1. Distracted Driver:
The driver is the captain of the vehicle in motion. An attentive driver can navigate and maneuver roads and traffic without much difficulty. But a distracted driver is the top contender for accidents.
A driver must be attentive and be on the lookout for traffic signs. The driver must adhere to proper lanes while making turns, follow one-way laws, and respect the right of way regulations. A small effort goes a long way in keeping yourself and others safe.
2. Driving Under Influence DUI:
Driving under the influence is one of the most deadly and fatal reasons for accidents. Any person under the influence of alcohol or drugs or certain prescription medicine should not get behind the wheel. Let someone else drive and save lives.
3. Speeding and Reckless Driving:
Speed limits and driving rules and regulations are set up for your safety. a driver must ensure that speed limits are adhered to. Open roads may tempt you to open the throttle but may prove detrimental in getting your vehicle under control in time to avoid an accident.
Changing lanes frequently, aggressive behavior while driving, and overspeeding are root causes of fatal wrecks. If you’re emotionally unstable or upset, it is best to calm down first and then get behind the wheel.
4. Slippery or Snowy Driving Surface:
Driving in the rain or under snowy and slippery circumstances should be avoided as much as possible. Although when driving under such conditions, the driver needs to take extra precautions to negative or minimize the effects of slippery roads that provide no traction for driving.
5. Poor Visibility:
Driving at night or in the rain and foggy conditions can lead to accidents due to poor visibility. One must pay extra attention and practice caution in such conditions. Use high beams on poorly lit streets or in conditions where visibility is compromised.
6. Breaking the Law:
Do not jump red lights, drive into “no entry,” or take prohibited turns. This negligence can cost your own or someone else’s life. Be safe and follow traffic laws for your own and others’ safety.
7. Vehicular Issues:
Upkeep and maintenance of vehicles are extremely important for safe driving and avoiding accidents. Ensure that your vehicle is in proper condition before you get in it. Malfunctioning tail lights, unclean windscreen wipers, faulty turn indicators, or small defects can cause major accidents. Tires are essential in providing grip on the roads and should be changed at proper intervals for maximum traction.
8. Bumper to Bumper Driving:
Maintain a safe distance between vehicles in front of you. There is never a good reason for tailgating, and it should be avoided at all costs. If you’re stuck behind a slow driver, have patience and overtake only when a proper opportunity arises. Do not be in a hurry, and calm yourself down.
Rojas Law Group:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents happen every 60 seconds. That equates to about 5.25 million accidents across the nation every year. The Association for Safe International Road Travel shows that 37,000 people die annually due to vehicular accidents, and 2.35 million are injured or disabled. You must practice safety first while driving.
The Rojas Law Group provides legal assistance for personal and vehicular accidents in Tampa, Florida. We ensure that the law is followed and every assistance is provided for insurance and claim-related procedures.