The Five Most Common Causes Of Car Accidents

The Five Most Common Causes Of Car Accidents

by / Monday, 14 September 2015 / Published in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Two cars damaged in a fender bender

Even if you are a very cautious driver, there is always the chance that you will be involved in a car accident. Negligence plays a role in many of the auto accidents that occur each year and too many innocent, responsible drivers are injured as a result. There are a multitude of reasons why a car accident might occur, but here are a few of the most common causes of car accidents:


The faster you drive, the more likely you are to be involved in a car accident. In fact, if you increase your driving speed from 40 MPH to 60 MPH, then you are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident. Not only are you more likely to be involved in an accident if you speed, but you are also at a greater risk of being involved in a fatal accident.

Always obey the speed limit. If you have somewhere important to be, then you should try to leave your house earlier.

Distracted Driving

It is estimated that distracted driving plays a role in about 25 to 50 percent of accidents. Eating, putting on makeup, using a cell phone, talking to other passengers and adjusting the radio are some of the most common ways that people get distracted while behind the wheel. Driving requires your full attention and it’s very important to stay focused while you are driving.

Drunk Driving

Alcohol impairs your driving ability. It also impairs your judgment. Keep in mind that your driving ability and judgment can still suffer even if you only drink a small amount of alcohol. That is why it is a good idea to allow someone who is sober to take you home.

Drowsy Driving

Many people would not dare get behind the wheel of the car after they have been drinking, but most of us have driven while we were sleepy. If you drive while you are fatigued, then you may fall asleep while you are behind the wheel. People who drive between the hours of 11 P.M. and 8 A.M. are at a greater risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. However, people can become drowsy and fall asleep behind the wheel at any time of the day.

The best way that you can avoid falling asleep behind the wheel is to get plenty of sleep before you drive. If you will be driving a long distance, then you should take a break every two hours. You should also switch out drivers if possible.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a broad term used to describe driving in a way that disregards the laws and other people on the road. Improper lane changing, failing to yield, speeding and tailgating are examples of reckless driving. You will need to obey all laws and take the safety of others into consideration when you are driving.

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