It is important to understand some of the causes of car accidents in order to avoid the harmful consequences of an automobile accident.
Car accidents occur at an alarming rate and are a leading cause of injury in the United States.
In order to control the increasing accident rate, many states have passed tough laws with respect to various causes of car accidents such as drunk driving. Also, motor vehicle manufacturers have installed several safety features in their vehicles to lessen the impact of accidents and save lives.
However, because the number of drivers continues to increase, these safety measures have not sufficiently stemmed the tide of car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a car accident occurs every 10 seconds in the United States.
Causes of Car Accidents
Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents:
- Driver impairment including consumption of drugs or alcohol, tiredness, and illness.
- Traffic violations such as running a red light or stop sign, taking a left hand turn into traffic, and speeding.
- The age of the driver often leads to car accidents due to the inexperience of youthful drivers and physical impairments of elderly drivers.
- Mechanical defects are one of the major causes of car accidents. Some examples of mechanical defects include defective tires, brakes, and transmissions.
- Poor road conditions such as potholes, snow and ice, and foreign substances.
Avoiding Car Accidents
Some of the ways to avoid the potentially harmful consequences of a car accident include:
- Helping family members and friends to avoid driving while impaired.
- Have your car inspected by your car mechanic on a regular basis and pay attention to any recall notices regarding your car.
- Abide by the rules of the road.
- Drive defensively.
- Impose restrictions with respect to the time, roads and weather conditions that you will allow your teenage children to drive.
- Help your elderly friends and family to understand their driving limitations and to convince them to drive within their limitations.
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