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What Are the Leading Causes of Car Accidents?

Car accidents happen when drivers do not pay attention to road signs, traffic signals, other cars, pedestrians, or objects such as construction zones and potholes. Drivers also fail to obey speed limits and drive safely by following too closely behind another vehicle. Cars also become involved in crashes because of mechanical problems such as faulty brakes, worn-out tires, defective transmissions, and damaged steering systems. Some car accidents result from drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving, and impaired driving.

The leading cause of auto accidents is distracted driving and this threat grows stronger every year. Distracted driving does not just mean talking or texting while driving but also includes eating, reading, grooming, applying make-up and more.

Driving while intoxicated with drugs and alcohol is extremely dangerous and must be avoided. Drugs and alcohol impair your judgment and ability to make decisions. Even certain prescription medications are dangerous when used while driving. Always ask a friend or family member to drive. Don’t drink and drive.

You may feel tempted to push the speed limit from time to time, however, you should refrain from doing so. Speeding is the third leading cause of automobile accidents in the United States, so by pushing the limits you could end up risking your life.

Excessive lane changes, speeding over the limit, and driving aggressively can lead to car crashes. Drivers should try to calm themselves before getting on the road. Driving when angry or upset is dangerous.

Driving at night requires extra caution. High beams help drivers be seen better. On a lonely road, use your high beams if you want to avoid accidents.

Vehicles go through rigorous testing before being placed on the market, however occasionally defects can slip through the crack. If you're aware of any recalls on the vehicle, be sure to address them as soon as possible. Additionally, make sure to bring your vehicle into regular maintenance so these issues can be caught early.

Don’t be impatient. Slow drivers cause accidents. Take your time and avoid driving too closely to the car ahead of you. Breathe deeply to relax and stay calm.

No one is perfect, but we should try our best to avoid making mistakes on roads. We need to be careful especially in foreign countries. When driving, we need to pay attention to street signs and obey traffic lights. We must always watch out for traffic as well as ourselves. We should be alert and aware of the surroundings.

Weaving in and out of heavy traffic. Cutting other drivers off. These behaviors are dangerous and can lead to accidents. Backing off and giving the driver space is the safest thing to do if you see someone weaving in and out of traffic or cutting other drivers off. You should also report any reckless drivers you see to the police.

Rain and snow can both make roads slippery. Slippery roads can be dangerous. Be careful when driving in bad weather. Drive slower than usual to avoid slipping. Ice can form on roads during freezing temperatures. If you must brake suddenly, do so slowly and gently.

Running through red lights and stop sign is another top cause of auto accidents. Red means stop. Don't be tempted to speed up when you see a yellow light. Slow down instead of trying to catch the light. Wait until the light changes completely before running through a stop sign.

Driving at night is much more dangerous than during the day. Your vision is limited as the sun sets. You may drift off to sleep. This leads to increased accidents when you drive at night. Driving at night should be avoided if possible.

Make sure you have plenty of room when passing other vehicles. Don’t be selfish and take up too much space. Be aware of your surroundings when changing lanes. Use your turn signal when changing lanes to alert others about your intentions.

When driving, be careful not to get lost in an unfamiliar place. Take note of signs indicating one-way streets. Know your route before driving out of your neighborhood. Always check the map or GPS device before leaving. Wrong-way drivers cause accidents by being unaware of road signs and directions.

When approaching an intersection, be sure to check your lane before turning. If you discover that you had been traveling in the wrong direction, continue straight. You may want to take a detour around a nearby neighborhood or park. Either option is safer than crossing lanes.You should contact us if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Running red lights causes car crashes. Avoiding car accidents requires looking both ways before crossing the street.Stop signs are very important. Drivers who ignore them cause many fatal accidents each year. 

Drivers should be careful when making lane changes because they could lead to an unnecessary car accident. Be sure to check your blind spots before changing lanes. Also, watch out for other vehicles coming towards you.

Cars are dangerous machines that require careful driving. Drivers should always be aware of what other cars are doing around them. When making a turn, drivers must first check for any traffic coming from the opposite direction. After checking for traffic, drivers need to follow the correct lane markings until they reach their destination. Car accidents can occur if drivers do not pay attention while driving.

Drivers must always check their blind spot before changing lanes or merging onto highways. Failure to do this could result in serious injury or death. Legal action may be taken if negligence causes an accident.

Roads are usually designed keeping in mind the needs of motorists. Pedestrians and cyclists are often ignored when designing roads. Road designs need to be improved to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

Drivers who speed are more likely to be involved in an accident. Teenagers are more prone to speed than adults. Male teenagers are more likely to speed. Experienced drivers are less likely to speed because they know how dangerous speeding can be. Young inexperienced drivers are more likely to get into crashes due to poor decision making.

An attorney in Harris County, Galveston County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Brazoria County, Houston, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Texas at  Thornton Esquire Law Group, PLLC,who specializes in car accidents can help you get compensated if you were injured because of someone else's negligence. Contact us today at www.thorntonesquirelawgroup.com for a free consultation.

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