Cars can offer the freedom and ability to move from point A to point B without much work and for a minimal amount of time, but can also be devastating when used in inexperienced or damaged hands or in conditions unsuitable for safe driving.
Although you may be the perfect driver, other drivers are more careless or prone to bad judgment. The five common causes of road accidents are listed below. By raising awareness of the common causes of road accidents, we hope it will increase awareness and make fewer poor decisions.
1. Negligence of drivers according to legal regulations
Drivers usually violate traffic laws. While these common law violations may seem minor, they will eventually lead to a car accident that can cause serious injury or even death. Common traffic laws that drivers violate include:
- Disregard for traffic signals
- Speed limit exceeded
- Light positioning and stopping
By violating traffic laws that respect other vehicles and pedestrians, you are threatening not only your safety but also the well-being of innocent civilians.
2. Driving under the influence
Alcohol and other toxins reduce driver reaction time and judgment. While states allow drivers to have less alcohol in their bloodstream, anything above the legal limit compromises your ability to successfully operate a motor vehicle, increasing the potential risk of a car accident.
In addition, other distractions, such as cell phones or texting – both of which are illegal in many states – usually cause traffic accidents.
3. Sleep deprivation
No matter how much Red Bulls or No Doses you consume, denying your body the required sleep will reduce reaction time and increase the likelihood of a car accident. Lack of sleep is a common cause of traffic accidents due to operators trying to meet stressful and often unrealistic deadlines.
4. Bad weather
Bad weather, such as constant wind, heavy snowfall, rain or ice, dramatically increase the likelihood of a car accident. Driving in these conditions should be done with extreme caution.
5. Defective vehicles
Although manufacturers recall faulty vehicles, this action is not taken until enough damaging or fatal accidents occur. Damaged vehicles may also be the fault of the mechanic who did not notice the problem or the owner who delayed the problem.