We’ve written before about what to do if you see an accident, but what causes accidents in the first place? In this blog we are looking at some of the top causes of car accidents. Knowledge is power, and knowing the risks of driving gives you the power to avoid some top factors as much as you can.
Top Causes of Car Accidents
More than a quarter of traffic-related deaths in the United States in 2016 were related to drunk drivers. That includes driver and passenger deaths, but also pedestrians. When it comes to drinking and driving, or taking drugs other than alcohol, the best idea is to not do it.
Whether its your phone or a wonderful conversation, distractions while driving can be deadly. Accord to some statistics from 2013, 10 percent of drivers in fatal accidents were distracted and almost a quarter of accidents can be linked to things like texting and driving.
Speeding and Reckless Driving
Speed limits vary, but they are there to keep drivers going at a safe speed. Going too fast, and doing things like changing lanes too quickly or tailgating can all add up to an accident. Running red lights or stop signs and unsafe lane changes are other things that can cause an accident.
Weather and Nature
While lots of accidents are caused by driver error, there are some weather conditions that can make it hard to keep control on the road. Some of the biggest accident causers are ice, snow, potholes, fog and animals like deer trying to cross the road.
Other Causes of Car Accidents
Other top causes of car accidents include surprise curves, tire blowouts, drowsy driving (which has been shown to be almost as impairing as drunk driving), street racing, taking turns improperly, driving the wrong way on one-way street or divided highway, driving at night, and vehicle malfunction issues.