Automobile accidents have been and continue to be an unfortunate reality. Every year, millions of lives are affected by car crashes, making it crucial to understand the common causes of these accidents.
Better understanding these three common causes of car crashes can empower drivers to avoid them.
Distracted driving has become a significant contributor to car crashes in recent years. With the rise of smartphones, in-car infotainment systems and an ever-increasing list of distractions, staying focused while behind the wheel is vital. Unfortunately, texting and using a mobile phone while driving have been largely normalized over the past decade, even as awareness campaigns strive to highlight how dangerous these behaviors are. Studies show that the likelihood of an accident increases by a staggering 400% once a driver’s eyes are taken off the road.
Excessive speed is another major factor that contributes to car crashes. The consequences of speeding can be severe. When you’re speeding, your reaction time is significantly reduced. In a moment of crisis, those extra few seconds can make all the difference between avoiding an accident and becoming part of one. There is also a strong correlation with high speeds at the time of impact and the severity of injuries that may result from a crash.
Impaired driving, often due to alcohol or drugs, remains a leading cause of car crashes. Driving with impaired judgment, coordination and reaction time can lead to catastrophic consequences. Moreover, driving under the influence can result in severe legal implications. Drivers can face fines, license suspension and even imprisonment. If you plan to drink or use substances that can impair your cognitive abilities, try to ensure you have a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation methods.
Remember, the road can be unpredictable, but drivers’ actions behind the wheel should not be. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to pursue compensation if another driver crashes into you due to reckless behavior and why you should avoid such behaviors whenever possible.