Car accidents occur for various reasons, but some factors consistently top the list. It’s important for drivers to know what they are so that they can strive to drive safely every time they get behind the wheel.
Most accidents happen because of human error. Other drivers are always a potential hazard. These are three of the most common mistakes that all drivers have the capacity to make that can, in turn, lead to the occurrence of serious collisions.
Distraction takes many forms, but may include:
- Texting: Sending or reading text messages while driving diverts attention from the road.
- Smartphone Use: Checking social media, browsing or using apps on mobile devices.
- Eating: Manipulating food or utensils can lead to accidents.
- Grooming: Combing hair, shaving or applying makeup while driving takes one’s eyes and hands away from the task of driving attentively.
- Conversations: Engaging in intense discussions that distract from driving.
When a driver is distracted, they are more likely to make mistakes and their reaction times will be worse.
Speeding not only makes accidents more likely but also increases the odds that serious injuries will occur in the event that a collision unfolds.
- Excessive Speed: Driving substantially faster than the posted limit or, even when adhering to the limit, going too fast for road conditions.
- Racing: Engaging in illegal street races or aggressive driving.
- Overtaking: Passing other vehicles recklessly and without proper signaling.
- Reduced reaction time: High speeds make reaction times much worse.
- Loss of control: Speeding makes it harder to control the vehicle, especially in curves.
Unfortunately, even drivers who follow the speed limit can be injured by those who do not.
Impairment can lead to serious mistakes that likely wouldn’t happen otherwise. For instance, it is the top reason for wrong-way accidents.
- Alcohol: Driving under the influence of alcohol can impact coordination and impair someone’s overall judgment as a driver.
- Drugs: Illicit drugs, prescription medications or over-the-counter substances can impair driving.
- Fatigue: Drowsy driving reduces alertness and reaction time.
- Medical Conditions: Seizures, strokes or sudden medical events can lead to accidents.
- Lack of Sleep: Chronic sleep deprivation affects driving ability.
When individuals are harmed by other motorists who have engaged in negligent, reckless or intentionally dangerous conduct, they may be in a strong position to pursue compensation from those at-fault parties. Seeking legal guidance is a good way to explore one’s rights and options under the law.