Top 16 Causes Of Car Accidents And How You Can Prevent Them

Posted by Brad Sorrentino | Aug 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Car accidents are unfortunately very common in the United States and the majority of these road crashes are caused by human error. While some are relatively minor, thousands of lives are taken every year by these horrible car crashes. Because your life can be at risk if you drive in an unsafe manner, it is so important to drive carefully and follow all traffic laws.

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However, just because you are careful does not mean that you can assure that all other drivers on the road will do the same thing. If you are in a car crash, it may not be your fault, and you should not be held responsible for the damages caused by the ignorance or mistakes of other drivers. In such cases, you should consider protecting yourself by filing a car accident claim. There are so many damages, pains, and frustrations that may arise as a result of a car accident, and it's best to guard your life above all.

Below are the most common causes of car accidents in Connecticut and throughout the United States. Read carefully to find out what actions you can start taking today to prevent them

1. Distracted Driving

Distracted driving becomes a larger threat every year and has been the leading cause of car accidents for the past decades. Please pay attention to the road while you are driving. That means no calls, no texting, no eating, no reading, no grooming or application of makeup, and talking while behind the wheel.

2. Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous causes of accidents in the U.S. and is the most deadly. If you have had anything to drink, take a taxi or give your keys to a sober friend. It is not worth the risk.

3. Speeding

Although it can be tempting to push the speed limit when you are running late, speeding is the second most common cause of accidents, so you should resist the urge and stay within the legal limits.

4. Reckless Driving

Changing lanes too quickly, speeding well over the limit, and acting aggressive on the roads can lead to horrible accidents. It is important to take your time and remain calm while driving to avoid needless accidents caused by simple carelessness.

5. Rain

While you can't always avoid driving in the rain, the slippery, treacherous road conditions caused by heavy rains should be avoided when at all possible. If visibility is too low to drive or the roads seem particularly slick, you should pull over and wait until the storm passes.

6. Running Red Lights

It may seem obvious, but it bears repeating. Red always means stop. Even if it seems like no other cars are coming, you can cause a serious accident by running a red light and you will be breaking the law. We've heard several excuses from busy entrepreneurs trying to run through red lights while thinking about work, from those legal contracts to investor relations, and at the same time literally trying to answer to work emails. Understand that life is more important than all these issues combined and it's best to be safe than sorry.

7. Night Driving

Lack of visibility makes hazards more difficult to see at night. Make sure that you are extra alert on the road at night, and use your full lights when on an abandoned road without streetlights.

8. Design Defects

Sometimes accidents are caused by flaws in the car itself. While you cannot always avoid this, make sure to take note of any recalls in the news and take your car in for regular maintenance.

9. Tailgating

There is never an excuse to get too close to the car in front of you, no matter how frustratingly slow they seem to be going. Keep a safe distance from other cars so that you will have time to react to sudden turns or uses of brakes.

10. Wrong-Way Driving/ Improper Turns

Everyone makes mistakes, but lapses in judgement while driving a car can cause horrible accidents. Be aware of street signs warning of one-way streets or other irregularities, especially in unfamiliar areas.

When people don't get in the proper lane to make a turn, use signals properly, or follow traffic signals, accidents happen. Always look out for traffic signs and obey the proper right-of-way when you make a turn.

11. Teenage Drivers

Teens don't have the experience to know what to do in unsafe conditions and that naïveté causes accidents. If you have teenagers, make sure that they have had a defensive driving course, do not permit cell phone use while driving, and limit the passengers they can take with them in the car.

12. Drugs

While alcohol is the culprit we usually associate with DUIs, drugs, including marijuana, prescription pills, and other illegal drugs also cause terrible accidents. Never drive if you are under the influence of any drug, prescribed or not.

13. Potholes

Potholes are very frustrating for drivers because sometimes they can't be avoided. Try to drive around potholes to avoid damaging your car, when you can, but do not swerve into another lane if cars are coming. Despite the fact that there are some laws that could work in your favor, don't take chances, especially with the heartbreaking car accident statistics from previous cases.

14. Tire Blowouts

If you get a flat while driving, it can cause you to swerve unexpectedly. Try to stay calm and keep control of the wheel while pulling over as soon as it is safe. Call for help if you cannot change the tire yourself safely.

15. Animal Crossings

Anyone who has ever heard someone tell about hitting a deer knows that this is a big danger. For this reason, take extra caution when you see an animal crossing sign and always use your high beams when traveling in rural, woody areas where wild animals are common.

16. Construction Sites

Sometimes the way a construction zone is set up can be confusing. Follow the cones as well as possible and be aware of other drivers who may be confused. It is especially important to drive slowly in these areas to avoid even the smallest accidents from occurring.
When you drive, always be proactive by taking precautions against any and all potential risks you face out on the road, and free yourself of all distractions that might impair your driving.

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Brad Sorrentino

Attorney Sorrentino, or Brad as he prefers to be called, is an experienced, energetic, and passionate lawyer who is dedicated to working tirelessly to solve your legal issue. Brad prides himself on his ability to relate to his clients’ problem, his efficiency and responsiveness to your concerns, and a client-centric approach ensuring above all, that you receive the friendliest and highest quality service. At the Law Offices of Bradley L. Sorrentino, it's all about the client.

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