Top Causes of Accidents on American Roadways
Every year, auto accidents take the lives of tens of thousands of people and cause injuries to hundreds of thousands more. When it comes to preventable deaths, traffic collisions are at the top of the list. Knowing the factors that cause these tragedies can help you prevent them. The top five causes of accidents throughout the country are below.
- Distracted Driving
It is not unusual for people to eat in the car. They also talk, text, drink, apply makeup, fix their hair, fiddle with the radio, and a myriad of other activities that take their attention from the road. If you are behind the wheel, it is important that you keep your eyes — and attention — on the road ahead of you.
Posted speed limits are put on roadways for a reason. Studies have been conducted and the safest, and highest, speed for a stretch of road has been determined. Speeding is the second leading cause of accidents in the country. Leave on time. In fact, leave a few minutes early. That way you will reduce your temptation to speed to get where you are going.
- Reckless Driving
Like speeding, reckless driving can be dangerous. Weaving in and out of lanes of traffic, aggressive driving and other forms of reckless driving can kill. Follow the rules of the road to maintain your safety and ensure the safety of others around you.
- Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is something that is very easily avoided. If you are out for a night of drinking, find a sober ride home. If you are hosting a party at your house, take your guests’ keys. Anyone who has consumed alcohol should not get behind the wheel of a car. The repercussions of a drunk driving accident can last a life time.
Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. If you think that you are too tired to drive, you probably are. If you are already on the road and feel yourself nodding off, pull into a rest area or stop at a hotel. The problem with drowsy driving is not only that your reaction time is slowed, but you can fall asleep without realizing you have nodded off.
When you know the most common causes of auto accidents, you are better able to prevent them. Make a resolution this year to be a safer driver. Your life and the lives of others may depend on it.
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