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10 Leading Causes of Car Accidents

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It’s never fun getting into a car accident. No matter what caused the crash or how it all happened, car wrecks are often stressful, frustrating, and painful experiences.

However, you may be able to help reduce your chances of getting into an accident if you know what tends to cause car wrecks.

Read on to learn about the top 10 reasons why car accidents occur.

10 Top Causes of Car Accidents in the U.S.

#1 – Distracted Driving

The leading cause of car accidents is distracted driving and the threat grows stronger year after year. Distracted driving doesn’t just mean talking or texting on your smartphone. While those are absolutely major concerns, the following are some additional factors that can lead to distracted driving accidents:

  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Grooming
  • Applying makeup

#2 – Intoxicated Driving

Driving while intoxicated with drugs and/or alcohol is extremely dangerous and should always be avoided. Intoxicated driving may not be the number one cause of car accidents, but it is the most deadly.

You should never get behind the wheel if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Even certain prescription medications can be dangerous to use while driving, so if you’re unsure, it’s best to let someone else drive.

#3 – Speeding

You may feel tempted to push your speed from time to time, but it’s wise to remain within the posted speed limits. With speeding as the third leading cause of car accidents in the U.S., it’s better to risk running late than it is to risk your entire life.

#4 – Reckless Driving

Excessive lane changes, speeding well over the limit, and aggressive behaviors behind the wheel can prompt unthinkable wrecks. It’s important to be conscious of your actions on the road and what’s going on around you. If you’re upset, it may be helpful to wait to get on the road until you’ve calmed down.

#5 – Rain

Driving in the rain isn’t always avoidable, but it’s a good idea to reduce the frequency of your driving during wet weather, whenever possible. If visibility is too low or the roads seem especially slippery, it’s in your best interest to pull over and wait to proceed until the storm passes.

#6 – Running Traffic Signals

You can cause a serious accident by failing to stop at a red light or stop sign. If you’re lucky enough not to cause a car accident and you’re caught by the authorities for running a stop sign or red light, you may have to pay hefty fines as a result.

People often say they’ve run a red light because they were thinking about work or were actually responding to work emails. Your life is far more valuable than any email, so do your best to keep the distractions at bay.

#7 – Driving at Night

Of course, it’s much more difficult to see while driving at night than it is during the day. Be even more alert while you’re behind the wheel at night and utilize your high beams when you’re driving on a lonely road with no streetlights.

#8 – Vehicle Defects

Vehicles go through rigorous testing before they’re placed on the market, but sometimes defects can slip through the cracks. If you’re aware of any recalls on your vehicle, be sure to take care of them right away. Additionally, make sure you bring your car in for regular maintenance so these issues are caught long before they cause any harm.

#9 – Tailgating

It’s never wise to drive too close to the car in front of you, and there’s never a good reason for it. If you’re getting frustrated being stuck behind a slow driver, take several long, deep breaths to calm yourself down.

You should always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles so you have time to react to sudden changes.

#10 – Wrong-Way Driving & Improper Turns

No one is perfect, but it’s important to avoid making mistakes on the road because the cost could be your life. Stay alert and aware of street signs warning of one-way streets or other anomalies, particularly in foreign regions.

Accidents also happen when people fail to get into the proper lane when making a turn, use turn signals properly, or obey traffic signals. Constantly keep your eyes peeled for traffic signs and respect the right-of-way when making turns.

We’re Here to Help You

If you’ve been injured as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team here at Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP is highly skilled in the area of car accident personal injury law and has helped many other people in similar situations obtain justice. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions you may have right away.

Call Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP today. We represent clients in the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.