Here are the Top 5 Causes of Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents happen every day across the country. Not all accidents result in injuries, but many do. Drivers should take care to drive defensively in order to avoid problems on the road. Knowing the top five causes of vehicle accidents can help prevent dangerous situations and serious crashes.

  1. Texting or Using a Cell Phone While Driving

Texting or using a cell phone while driving causes distractions that can result in severe crashes. Distracted driving can be particularly harmful when driving in traffic, or in areas that are unfamiliar. If you take your eyes off of the road, even for just a few seconds, it can end with a crash.

  1. Speeding or Driving Too Fast For Road Conditions

Speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents that result in severe injuries or deaths. Drivers need to adhere to the speed limit laws, which have been put into place to reduce accidents. It is also important to note that sometimes your speed needs to be reduced due to hazardous road or weather conditions.

  1. Failure to Stop at a Signal or Sign

The failure to stop at a signal or sign is a mistake that often leads to an accident. Disobeying the traffic laws creates a dangerous situation for all drivers on the road. If an inattentive driver fails to notice the light or sign, he may not even slow down when entering an intersection. Other drivers, who have the right-of-way, expect others to stop.

  1. Driving While Intoxicated or Under the Influence

Despite a major crackdown on drunk driving, some people still continue to drive while intoxicated. Just a few drinks may result in a blood alcohol level that impairs a driver’s ability to function. In addition to alcohol, drivers may also be impaired by the use of prescription medications, or street drugs.

  1. Road Rage or Aggressive Driving

People who become easily angered in traffic may drive erratically. Their driving may become aggressive, and this can lead to accidents. Other vehicles should get out of the way of drivers who are driving dangerously. Pull over to the right lane, or even pull off the road until the danger has passed. If you notice someone driving aggressively, do not respond. Instead, report aggressive drivers to the police so that they can be ticketed before they cause harm to others.

If you have been seriously hurt in a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced lawyers at Udall Shumway PLC to discuss your case today.

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