Car accidents happen nearly every day — despite all the efforts put into updating technology, redesigning roadways and traffic patterns and educating drivers about their perils.
Many car accidents happen for the same reasons. Here are the most common:
1. Drunk driving
Driving while drunk is illegal, but that doesn’t stop many drivers. Drunk drivers have a higher rate of causing car accidents because alcohol lowers their reaction times, focus and decision-making skills. Many drunk driving accidents happen at night when people go home or after bars close.
2. Drowsy driving
While drunk driving is dangerous, driving while drowsy may be just as bad, if not worse. Not only does driving while sleepy create focus and alertness issues but some drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel are more likely to swerve or drive off the road.
3. Teen driving
If you’re looking to drive, you first have to learn how. Many parents prepare their children to drive while in their teens. While it’s wise to teach a teen to drive early, they may also make more mistakes than the average driver. Teen drivers often aren’t practiced in driving and the flow of traffic can be especially hard to learn. A teen could make one minor mistake that causes a huge car accident.
Some drivers like to rush through traffic. They’ll bump up their speed and swerve around traffic. But, the higher the speed a driver is at, the harder it is to control the vehicle and react quickly. Because of this, speeding drivers are very likely to cause accidents.
5. Road rage
Some drivers are quick to anger. Drivers who are prone to road rage may put other drivers in danger. Road ragers may tailgate or brake-check drivers, raising the risk of accidents.
6. Distracted driving
Distracted driving is a huge contributor to driving accidents. Almost anything can be a distraction while driving, but phones are especially problematic. A driver taking their eyes or focusing off the road risks causing an accident.
If you’re in a car accident, then it may help you to understand your legal rights and seek compensation for your injuries and losses.