Common Situations That Lead To Car Accidents
Car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and often result from a number of different events that happen at the same time. But some of the common triggers of a car accident include:
- Following Too Closely — ‘Tailgating’ occurs when drivers follow the vehicle in front of them too closely, which often results in rear-end accidents.
- Distracted Driving — No issue has gotten more attention lately than driver distraction, which occurs when drivers do something that takes their eyes off the road, or their hands off the wheel. Common distractions include eating, putting on makeup, talking to a passenger, text messaging, talking on a mobile phone (even with a hands-free device), and glancing at a GPS. Even a few seconds of distraction can rob a driver of the reaction time needed to prevent an accident.
- Speeding — Exceeding the posted speed limit not only increases the impact of an accident, but it also causes drivers to lose control of their vehicles, making an accident far more likely. Speeding also reduces the amount of time a driver has to bring a vehicle to a complete stop.
- DUI/DWI — Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is very dangerous, because these substances alter perceptions, slow reaction time, and compromise focus and concentration.
- Inclement Weather — Adverse weather conditions such as snow, sleet, ice and heavy rain can cause havoc in traffic. That’s because any small mistake that a driver makes in this type of weather can cause a vehicle to spin out of control. Bad weather also causes reduced visibility, which means that drivers who don’t take safety precautions may end up in a wreck.
- Failure To Stop — Drivers who ignore stop signs and fail to yield right of way can cause accidents by not complying with the rules of behavior at a stop sign.
- Reckless Driving — This is defined as dangerous driving that shows no regard for the rules of the road or for other drivers. In some states, reckless driving is categorized as driving that exceeds the speed limit by 25 miles, street racing, and trying to outrace a police officer in a vehicle.
- Running a Red Light — The danger of running a red light is that traffic is already flowing from another side of an intersection, which means that the driver who ran the red light is very likely to hit another vehicle, or worse, cause a chain-reaction multiple-car wreck.
Although some people are able to walk away from a car accident without harm, the majority of people in car accidents suffer injuries, some of them serious enough to include paralysis, brain damage and amputation.