Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents and How to Avoid Them
Even the most defensive and careful drivers can fall victim to car accidents. The sad reality is that car accidents are commonplace, although they are often avoidable if all drivers take necessary precautions and drive with the vigilance that is required when they are behind the wheel.
Sometimes, we might walk away unscathed, but car accidents can result in serious injury and even death. Unfortunately, even the most cautious drivers can get into accidents due to someone else's negligence, in which case you will want to contact a personal injury attorney.
Let's discuss five of the most common causes of car accidents and how we can help avoid them.
1. Merging Into Traffic
Look and think before you merge! Always look both ways, and be aware of your blind spots. You can be seriously hurt, even if you are merging carefully and the other driver is not paying attention. You can help reduce the risk of getting into an accident by looking and listening, and not driving too slow or too fast into traffic.
2. Speeding or Driving Too Slow
Pay attention to the posted speed limits, and don't drive faster than it allows. There's a reason for minimum and maximum speed limits--and driving within those limits could save your life. Of course, you should always be aware of other drivers who might be driving outside the speed limits as well.
3. Driving While Distracted
Any activity that causes you to take your eyes--and attention--off the road can lead to a car accident. Some examples include: talking on your phone, texting, and eating. Be aware of other drivers who might be doing these things and could potentially cause a collision.
4. Driving in Inclement Weather
Rain, snow, fog, and ice can create bad driving conditions. Unfortunately, you can't do much about bad weather besides avoiding driving during these times. If you must drive in bad weather, then drive defensively. Take it slow and always be aware of other cars on the road.
5. Driving While Tired
Fatigue can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. If you haven't gotten enough sleep, don't drive. If you're driving and find yourself getting sleepy, take a break and get out of the car. Stretch your legs, get some fresh air, or even find someplace safe to sleep so you can safely finish the drive.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else's negligence, it’s important to remember that you absolutely have legal options. A personal injury attorney can help protect your rights to fair compensation so you can focus on healing emotionally and physically.
Contact the Georgia personal injury attorneys at Studstill Firm by calling (229) 515-8900 to get the process started today.