The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents
As you drive down the road to Grandma’s house this holiday season, safety should be your number one priority. No one wants their holiday to be overshadowed by something like a crashed car or injury to family members. These are the types of accidents that most often happen to drivers and how they can be prevented.
More than 6 million car accidents occur each year, killing more than 40,000 people and their number is growing. Many of these deaths can be avoided by following the most basic safety procedures, such as wearing a seat belt, avoiding drunk driving and not using your phone while driving. However, accidents do happen for other reasons. Using the data collected for the National research the causes of road traffic accidents the US Department of Transportation, Steve Kasner, a security expert and author of ” Caution: User’s Guide for people who are prone to injury” , has determined that this type of car accidents. majority:
- Falling asleep while driving : it accounts for about 7% of all accidents and 21% of fatal accidents. Make sure you get enough sleep before heading out and grab a cup of coffee on the way.
- Loss of vehicle control : accounts for 11% of all accidents. Always keep in mind other driving parameters. Consider the weather, maintenance of your car and other drivers.
- Blind left turns : accounts for 12% of all accidents. If you do not see this bus, do not risk entering the intersection. Always stop and wait until you are sure the shore is clear.
- Involved : 23% to 30% of all accidents. Pay attention to the car ahead, watch for brake lights, and always leave enough space to stop if you need to.
- Don’t stay in your lane : accounts for approximately 30% of all crashes. When driving, focus on the road ; not the people in the car, not your radio, not your phone. It does not take long for the driver to move out of the lane and cause a serious accident.
The rest of the reasons are related to things like driving at red lights, which Kasner says is the cause of 6% of all pedestrian deaths; 21% of them are children. In addition, the National research on the causes of accidents of vehicles suggests that about 36% of pre-emergency events occurred when the driver turns or crossing the road at intersections . This is why it is imperative that you always come to a complete stop and then check carefully for pedestrians and vehicles before turning or driving through. You can read more of Kasner’s data at the link below.
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