The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen to the best of us. While driving in the dark, rain, fog, or snow can lead to more dangerous situations, car accidents can happen at any time, any place. We have covered some of the top causes of car accidents so that you can more easily avoid similar accidents in the future.
Distracted driving is the top cause of car accidents today. Distracted drivers are less likely to notice and respond to other drivers, making it more difficult for them to react to sudden stops, red lights, or other changes on the road. Remember to always drive safely, pay attention, keep both hands on the wheel, buckle up your seatbelt, and use a car seat or booster seat for your child when necessary.
Cell Phone Usage
Texting while driving is a serious danger. In fact, approximately one in four car accidents are caused by cell phone usage. While there are some anti-texting laws to worry about, most importantly, your life is worth more a text or phone call. Wait until you get to your destination to respond to a call. Eating food while driving poses a similar danger. Keep both hands on the steering wheel and both eyes on the road to prevent accidents.
Traveling over the speed limit can quickly cause a car accident or lead to a speeding ticket. The faster you are traveling, the slower you will be able to react. Obey the speed limit and avoid changing lanes quickly or tailgating. Remember never to run red lights or stop signs because another speeding driver can collide with your car at a high speed.
Driving Drunk or Tired
Even if you don’t feel like you’re drunk, anytime you drink, you lose the ability to focus and function properly. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs won’t allow you to see and think with a clear mind and you won’t have complete control over your body or your vehicle. Driving sleepy has a similar effect and can make the road appear blurry, make you less likely to react to changes on the road, and can slow your reaction time.
Holding Onto a Junk Car
When your vehicle needs to be serviced or isn’t in the best condition, then you will need to be even more aware of your surroundings. A car that is not in good condition is more likely to get in an accident and may not fare the crash very well. Many automobiles also have defective parts and design defects, which can cause accidents. The older your vehicle is and the less you can rely on it, the more likely it is to pose a danger to you and other drivers on the road. Don’t risk your life on an old hunk of junk. Contact Messy Motors at 888-309-1049 and we will tow it away for free within 24 hours. We will pay you on the spot for your unwanted car, so you can invest in a reliable ride that is safer to drive and can help prevent accidents.