There are dozens of reasons that car crashes could happen. Whether from distractions to mechanical problems, mistakes and emergencies can quickly result in crashes.
Of all the reasons for crashes, some of the most common include distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving and reckless driving. Here is a little more about each and what you can do to be safer on the road.
1. Distracted driving
Distracted driving happens when there is something that takes the driver’s mind off what they’re doing. This could be because of eating behind the wheel, texting or chatting on the phone. To avoid distractions, get prepared to drive. Set aside your phone, eat while stopped and focus on the task at hand.
Speeding is another serious problem. In 2018, speeding resulted in 9,378 deaths. In 2017, it was found that speeding was at least a contributing factor in 26% of traffic fatalities. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid contributing to these crashes just by slowing down to the speed limit or slightly lower.
3. Drunk driving
Drinking and driving kill thousands of people every year. To avoid drunk driving, all drivers need to do is to find a sober ride home or stay where they are until they’re sober again. Make a vow to never get behind the wheel of a car if you’ve been drinking.
4. Reckless driving
Reckless driving could involve one of several actions, such as moving between lanes without a signal, brake-checking drivers or tailgating. If you’re driving, always give others space, use your turn signals and follow the traffic laws.
Unfortunately, you can do everything right when you’re driving and obey all the rules and still end up in a wreck. Other drivers may be guilty of negligent driving and leave you with serious injuries after a crash. If that happens, talk to an attorney about your right to compensation and what can be done to protect your interests.