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Collisions & Accidents - Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Reducing the number of deaths and injuries from car accidents requires careful and alert driving and an ability to recognize hazards before it's too late. It doesn't take much to lead to a collision, and these five causes are behind many of the accidents on the road.


Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most rapidly growing problems on the road, and some estimates say that texting while driving is actually causing more accidents among teenagers than drinking while driving. It's more than just texting, though. Distracted driving includes everything from eating and drinking to personal grooming. (Text messaging is particularly dangerous, though, because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, which means a serious impairment to driving ability.)

The way around this is simple. Keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind on the journey. Easy as that
sounds, though, the problem just keeps growing. If you want to stay safe on the road, you have to be proactive about eliminating or
ignoring distractions until you reach your destination.

Impaired Driving

More than 10,000 people die in alcohol-impaired driving crashes every year (and countless more suffer serious injuries). The good news is that through concerted efforts in both the public and private sector, this number has actually been on the decline since around 1990. This shows that fatalities and injuries that result from drunk or drugged driving can be prevented. It simply requires a little effort on everyone's part.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is another growing problem, and while it is hard to define in an academic sense, most of us recognize it when we
see it on the road. In basic terms, it refers to a driver breaking a combination of traffic laws to the point that they endanger people and property. This could be a result of road rage or a simple disregard for standard traffic rules. It can be avoided by staying calm and cool in any situation, avoiding roads that you know are congested and putting space between you and anyone who is displaying aggressive behavior.

Fatigued Driving

The results of fatigued driving are very similar to impaired driving. Reactions are slowed, vision is reduced, and judgment is
compromised. Turning the music up and rolling down the windows are not effective ways to wake up. Chemical stimulation is also unreliable. The best thing you can do to avoid an accident is to find somewhere safe to pull over and rest.

Weather and Road Conditions

Individuals who do not adapt their driving to the weather or road conditions cause a lot of accidents every year. Whether they are
spinning out of control on an icy road or driving too fast into stop-and-go traffic at a construction zone, there is a lot of potential for collisions. Always pay attention to the current weather as well as the forecasts for the day and drive accordingly. You should also keep your eye out for signs of construction or damaged roads ahead and be ready for changing traffic patterns.