Common Causes For Car Accidents (And How You Can Prevent Them)

In the United States 37,000 people lose their lives in car accidents every year. 2.35 million People sustain injuries and disabilities in these accidents.

Majority of these accidents occur because of the driver’s negligence. Here is a look at some of the most common causes for car accidents:

Driving under influence

Driving under influence is one of the most common reasons for car accidents in the United States. You should know that when you consume alcohol or drugs while driving, you are not just putting your life at risk but the lives of other drivers too.

Stay away from your car after a night of heavy drinking. If you have a sober friend, ask him or her to drive you home. In case you are alone, call a cab.

Distractions

Many people do not realize this, but talking on the phone while driving is almost as dangerous as drinking and driving. It is not just your phone. You need to avoid anything that takes your attention away from the road.

This is especially important in the case of young drivers. Teenage drivers can be very reckless. They have the tendency to drive really fast without thinking about other vehicles on the road.

Some of them also prefer to engage in activities like listening to music while driving which is quite risky.

Blown out tires

It is important that you make sure that your car tires are not over or under inflated. In case of a flat tire, it is very hard for the driver to maintain control of their car. There is a possibility of a car crash.

If you ever get into a situation like this, do not panic. Gradually reduce the speed of your car and pull over to the side of the road.

Making sudden turns

It is important for drivers to indicate the direction in which they wish to make a turn so that the drivers behind them can make way for them.

Making sudden turns can result in the car behind you swerving. There is also a risk of collision if the driver behind you is driving fast and is not able to respond in time.

Ignoring traffic signals

Why bother stopping for the signal if there is no one driving in from the other side? All you need to know is that you are breaking the law when you run a red light. You never know when a vehicle might suddenly appear out of nowhere at a high speed.

Weather conditions

Driving can be quite challenging in harsh weather conditions. Roads are quite slippery during or after rain. It can be really hard to maintain control of your car.

It is best to avoid going out in such conditions. If you really need to go out, make sure that you drive slowly and carefully.

One way in which drivers can avoid these problems is through enrolling in defensive driving classes. The aim of defensive driving is to ensure safety on the road. If you are interested in enrolling for defensive driving classes, get in touch with us.

We, at Jacob’s Driving & Traffic School have a team of driving specialist who are available at all times in order to provide with assistance. In addition to defensive driving, we also offer lessons to get your driving license. Contact us at 602-297-1000.