Top 11 Causes of Vehicle Accidents
Drunk Driving. Studies have shown that roughly 300,000 people drive drunk every day.
Furthermore, over ½ of all reported automobile accidents resulting
in death or life changing injuries include a driver being under the influence
of either drugs or alcohol.
Speeding. A main reason for speeding is lack of patience, irritability, and fear
of being late. When you or those around you speed, the distance that the
car needs to stop and the time it takes to stop increase. The harder you
press down on the pedal, the faster your car will go, and the more dangerous
an automobile accident outcome will be.
Distracted Driving. A main contributor to distracted driving is the use of cell phones while
operating a motor vehicle. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, more than
9 people are killed and over
1,153 people are injured in crashes that involve distracted driving
every day in the United States.
Weather Conditions. How drivers react to weather conditions is a main contributor to vehicle
accidents because weather conditions alter the mindsets of drivers. Some
become more cautious while others become adventurous or reckless. When
you mix the two together, the roads become very dangerous and the chances
of getting in an accident significantly increase. If you cannot maintain
control of your vehicle in these types of conditions, pull over and wait
for the storm to pass or simply stay at home.
Reckless or Careless Driving. Many drivers don’t understand the dangers involved with operating
a motor vehicle until they get in an accident themselves. Others get too
comfortable behind the wheel and neglect to check things such as vehicles
around them or blind spots in their mirrors. These are main contributors
to accidents such as fender-benders.
Inexperienced Drivers. Do you remember your first year behind the wheel? At first, it can be
very overwhelming. Young drivers are in the process of learning how to
control their vehicle while also looking out for speed limits, road signs,
pedestrians, and other vehicles. Experienced drivers tend to forget that
not every driver around them is comfortable with driving or experienced
like they are. Something as simple as cutting off an unexperienced driver
can frighten them and cause them to wreck in to you or other vehicles.
Failing to Follow Road Signs. Construction signs can change traffic patterns and create confusion on
the roads that you were once familiar with. Failing to follow simple changes
such as temporary stop signs or speed limit changes can cause serious
Animal Crossings. In Texas, it is very common to see deer and other large (or small) wildlife
crossing the road. At times like this many vehicle driver’s panic
and react in a dangerous way like swerving. Use extra caution when you
encounter an animal crossing sign and be sure to use your high beams when
you are traveling through rural or wooded areas. If you see a deer in
the road, wait before proceeding—they often travel in groups. (And
YES! They are attracted to high beams at night)
Vehicle Recalls. A lot of the time, vehicle owners are unaware of recalls on their vehicles.
Sometimes, notices from manufacturers won’t appear in the mail until
possibly a year later. If you know your car has been the subject of a
recall, be sure to take it in to be repaired immediately. Most of the
time the repairs and alterations are free of charge (or at least they
Curvy Roads. Some drivers have trouble with navigating curvy roads especially when
the weather is poor or it is dark outside. Some curves are surrounded
by drop-offs, which can lead to the most gruesome accidents. It is important
to be awake and alert while maneuvering around curvy roads
Loose Particles. In San Antonio, it is very common to see items such as wood, tires, metal,
branches, and other dangerous object lying in the middle of the road.
To ensure your safety, always be prepared to safely maneuver around obstacles
while looking out for the traffic behind you. Often times people don’t
realize there is an object such as a tire laying in the middle of the
road until it is right before their eyes. This leads to people swerving
rapidly into another lane while leaving the vehicle in back of them no
chance to dodge it. The best advice for avoiding an accident like this
is to stay a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you so you can
always get away from unexpected obstacles safely and warn those behind you.
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