Every year, thousands of people die in car accidents, while hundreds of thousands suffer injuries. When driving, you must rely on your skills and attention alongside the other drivers on the road. If someone else drives unsafely, it puts you and others at risk.
The Huffington Post explains some of the most common causes of car accidents.
Many car accidents occur because of a driver’s error. Drivers who eat, text or read while driving distract themselves from the road and the drivers around them. Of all accidents, distracted driving is one of the most common causes.
When a driver hurries above the speed limit, he or she becomes a danger to the other vehicles on the road. Speeding decreases a person’s reaction time and increases the ability to lose control of the vehicle. When a car travels well above the limit, this is reckless driving. Drivers who speed and act aggressively towards other cars on the road cause accidents. Reckless driving may also include those who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Sometimes, external causes or external causes mixed with driving errors can cause accidents. For instance, a car may have a design defect that you cannot avoid. While it may help to bring your car into the shop for regular maintenance, sometimes the manufacturer is the cause of a defective design accident.
Lack of visibility is also a major cause of accidents. This could occur due to rain, snow and other inclement weather or simply because it is nightfall. Drivers may find it difficult to avoid hazards on the road when they cannot see them.