The Most Common Causes of Traffic Accidents

Even though there have been amazing advancements in the automobile technology industry, traffic accidents still happen. According to the World Health Organization somewhere around 1.25 million people will die every year because of traffic accidents.

Today, we will be talking about the most common causes of traffic accidents so you can have a heads up on different things to look out for to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Going Over the Speed Limit

One of the most common causes of traffic accidents is speeding. Speed limits are measures that not only reduce accidents, but can also reduce the damage and injury caused by traffic accidents.

On the other side of the coin, going too slow can also cause accidents. You should make sure that you always follow the posted speed limits, but also stay aware of other signs around you ie; bridges, icy roads, or construction areas also might have posted speed limit signs that are there to protect you and those around you.

Drunk Driving

Driving while intoxicated can affect your brain; how you think, your coordination, your sense of how fast you're going, and your ability to react properly. Drunk driving or even driving while on drugs can seriously create a dangerous situation for yourself and those around you.

Inexperience

Another one of the most causes of traffic accidents is simply inexperience behind the wheel. Younger people, ages 17 to 24, or those that recently got their license to drive, get into accidents for all sorts of reasons. This may include being nervous or anxious, texting while driving, or not paying attention to signs on the roadways.

Weather Issues

It doesn't matter if you've been driving for 2 months or 20 years, at some point or another you'll run into weather issues. You need to understand how each type of weather can affect your car and your driving experience while behind the wheel.

Ice for example, especially black ice, can come out of nowhere. Before you know it your car is spinning out of control and you wreck your car or cause a car accident. You need to be aware of what ice or black ice is, how it can change the way you drive and signs to pay attention to when driving.

Have you been in a traffic accident? For a free consultation contact Sloat & Nicholson at 1-800-873-3202.