No matter who you are, being involved in a car accident is stressful and the aftermath of a car accident can compound that stress. You could be dealing with everything from property damage to medical bills. This can be overwhelming for anyone and that is why you shouldn’t go at it alone if you are seeking compensation.
While not every car accident is avoidable, about 90% of them are. When it comes to accidents there are some that are far more common than others. Below you will find our list of the top causes of car accidents.
- Distracted Driving
By far the most common cause of car accidents is distracted driving. A distracted driver does not have their full attention on the road. This means they could be paying closer attention to their mobile device, other passengers, or even eating. Many people believe that the brain can multitask but the truth is it cannot. Your only job when you get behind the wheel is to get to your destination safely.
We’ve all been guilty of speeding and we’ve probably all had someone blast past us on the highway. It is not unusual for people to drive 10 to 20 miles over the posted speed limit. What you should keep in mind is that the fast you drive the slower your reaction time is.
- Drunk Driving
When someone gets behind the wheel after drinking, they are not only a danger to themselves but to others. When you drink, your senses and cognitive functions are dulled. This means that your reaction times are slowed, your decision-making capabilities are compromised, and you are likely to cause an accident that could have been prevented.
- Reckless Driving
Weaving in and out of traffic and tailgating and cutting other drivers are all examples of reckless driving. If you see someone weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds, the best you can do is stay out of their way. There is nothing you can do to make the driver safer. What you should do is keep your distance.
- Inclement Weather
Rough weather can create hazardous conditions when driving, even for the safest of drivers. Water can easily make the roadways slick and this can cause cars to slip and slide without warning. If you are stuck in a rainstorm you should drive extra carefully. If you have to stop suddenly you will likely slide if you slam on the breaks. Keep your distance from other drivers.
Being in a car accident is rough. This is why we suggest that if you have been in an accident to contact a car accident lawyer like our friends at John K. Zaid & Associates for more information about what they can do for you.