5 common causes of car crashes

On Behalf of | May 9, 2023 | Personal Injury

Car crashes can have catastrophic consequences for the victims. Anyone who’s on the roadways should ensure they understand some of the more common causes of car crashes so they can avoid those behaviors and situations.

Ideally, all drivers will take these into account; however, that doesn’t always happen. Be sure you do your best to avoid other drivers if they’re showing signs of any of these behaviors or if you’re operating your vehicle in any of these conditions.

Distracted drivers

Distracted drivers can’t react to situations that occur on the road because they aren’t paying attention to driving. They must ensure they keep their eyes on the road, hands on the steering wheel and mind on operating their vehicle safely.

Weather conditions

Weather conditions, including fog and rain, can negatively impact a driver’s ability to see and control their vehicle. They must take extra care to drive safely when any adverse weather conditions are present. Remember, speed limits are the maximum speed that’s safe in ideal conditions, so you may have to go slower when the weather isn’t nice.

Aggressive drivers

Drivers who speed and take risks while they’re on the road are a danger to everyone else. All drivers should remain calm and respectful as they share the road. Actions, such as tailgating or slamming on the brakes, as well as running stop signs or trying to beat red lights, can lead to crashes.

Poor road conditions

Roads that have potholes and uneven surfaces are also hazardous. Other issues that might be present include faded paint marks or road signs. Drivers must be able to adjust to these problems.

Vehicle malfunctions

Vehicles must be properly maintained or they can malfunction. Issues, such as tires blowing out, brakes failing and similar incidents can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle. There’s also the risk of flying debris impacting other drivers’ ability to drive safely.

Ultimately, every driver should have a goal of getting to their destination safely. If a crash occurs, the victims should get medical care right away. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help offset the costs that result when another’s negligence leads to an accident.