Most Common Car Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Car accidents can vary in severity from a fender bender to a multi-car collision with major damage and even fatalities. There’s no question that they all have major costs involved, not only financial but also personal. Every day, too many lives are claimed from accidents involving vehicles. If you or a loved one suffer injuries from an accident, it is best to consult with a personal injury attorney who can help with the costs associated. Drivers should be aware of the situations that can occur on the roads, and drive defensively and carefully to prevent accidents. Below are a few of the most common types of accidents to be aware of along with tips on how to avoid them.

Rear-end Collisions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sites that 28% of car crashes are rear-end collisions. In some cases, the brakes of the rear vehicle may fail causing the rear vehicle to crash into the front vehicle, however, most of the time a distracted driver is the primary cause of the collision. Common distractions to avoid include changing the radio station, cell phone use, or talking with a passenger. Sometimes the driver simply isn’t paying attention to the speed and brake lights of the vehicle in front. Although this type of accident is common, it’s also fairly easy to avoid. Always be aware of how close you are to the vehicle in front of you and keep a safe distance so that if the vehicle stops suddenly, you’re able to come to a safe stop too. Refrain from distractions such as your cell phone and always keep your eyes on the road.

Sideswipe Collisions

A sideswipe collision occurs when a driver deviates from their lane, either intentionally or unintentionally, without seeing the vehicle next to them, and the two vehicles collide. Always use your turn signal when changing lanes to let the drivers around you know what you’re about to do. It is also good practice to look over your shoulder in addition to looking in your mirrors to prevent blind spots. Be defensive while driving. When you’re on a highway with two or more lanes, always be aware of the movements of the cars around you and avoid driving in the blind spot of other vehicles.

Broadside Collisions

A broadside or side-impact collision is when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another. This may happen when one car has the right of way and the other does not, but fails to stop or yield. Always be aware of stoplights and stop signs and watch to see who has the right of way. If you have the right of way, check to your left and right to make sure other vehicles have stopped before you proceed.

Head-on Collisions

A head-on collision can occur when a vehicle deviates into the oncoming lane and collides head-on with another vehicle. This can occur if a driver swerves to avoid something in the road, or if one driver tries to pass another in a no-passing zone. It can also happen if a driver is distracted and looks away from the road, dozes off, or is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Always pay attention to the painted center lines. If you want to pass a vehicle in front of you, only do it when it is legal and safe to do so and when you have clear vision of a good stretch of the road ahead. Obviously, but most importantly, never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We hear this all the time, but it is not worth it!

Rollover Accidents

A rollover accident is often the result of a car driving too fast for a turn or when driving in hazardous road conditions. If roads are slippery due to wet weather and a driver fails to slow down, he can lose control of the vehicle and drive off the road, which, when done at a high rate of speed, can cause the vehicle to roll over. Turing a corner or rounding a curve too quickly can also cause a rollover. If you have to drive in inclement weather, always reduce your speed and be alert. Rollover accidents are also common with steering wheel overcorrections at high speeds. Never jerk the steering wheel. Make smooth corrections without panic, and you can avoid this situation.

Many car accidents can be avoided by maintaining a calm composure, staying undistracted, and being aware of the laws and conditions of the roads. Being late to anything is better than being hurt in a serious car accident. Be safe out there and share the road with care.

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