Leading Causes of Car Accidents

Approximately 20 to 50 million people around the world sustain injuries from auto accidents each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). These high numbers are very concerning and emphasize the importance of making safety a priority when driving.

When it all boils down, most wrecks are caused by some form of driver error. There can be extenuating circumstances, such as poor weather conditions, auto defects, or an animal running out in front of a car. The roadways are unpredictable, so practicing safe driving in all situations will help to prevent accidents.

DUI Drivers
South Carolina high as high rate of drunk driving accident fatalities. Over the past decade, driving while intoxicated (DWI) has grown to include drugged drivers. The opioid crisis has spread to our nation’s streets and highways, with an increased number of drivers that are high on prescription and non-prescription drugs. Use of marijuana has also been shown to affect driving ability.

Hostile Drivers
A recent WHO report showed that hostile drivers cause over five million car accidents every year. Examples of aggressive driving include tailgating, failing to yield, driving too close to pedestrians and cyclists, and speeding. Almost everyone can admit to getting angry while driving, but it is imperative to remain calm while driving. If another motorist is seen driving in a hostile manner, it is best to stay away. In dangerous situations, carefully pulling over may be the best option.

Tired Drivers
The WHO study showed that around 20 percent of the accidents were caused by driver fatigue. Being behind the wheel requires attention and many drivers do not realize just how tired they are and start nodding off. They are startled awake when their vehicle crashes. It is never smart to drive when tired; if there is not another passenger in the car to share the driving, the driver should rest and make the trip later.

Driver Distraction
Anything that takes a driver’s focus away from their surroundings is hazardous; looking away from the road for even a second or two can be fatal. In this country, it is estimated that 25 to 50 percent of auto accidents are caused by distracted drivers.

Even though drivers realize the dangers of cell phone use while driving, close to 85 percent of all cell phone owners use them while driving. Even when used hands-free, cell phones still compete for driver attention. Though this is the most common driver distraction, there are many others, including engaging with other passengers, checking a GPS or radio, grooming, and eating, all of which affect a driver’s ability to focus on the road.

Road Hazards
It is true that some auto accidents are unavoidable, but safe drivers have better chances of avoiding dangerous situations. A car that is following a truck at a safe distance when the truck has a blowout is less likely to crash than a car that is tailgating.

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