Top preventable causes of car accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2015 | Car Accidents |

Sometimes car accidents in Georgia are unavoidable or caused by circumstances beyond a driver’s control. However, there are other accidents that have causes that can be prevented. Cutting down on those reasons can make the roads a safer place for everyone.

One of the most common and preventable causes of car accidents is driving impaired. This includes driving under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription medications. Business Insider even reports that drunk driving is one of the top causes of fatal accidents in the U.S. However, driving drowsy can also be considered impaired driving. Anything that changes people’s perception can damage their ability to concentrate and focus, which can lead to accidents. Another commonly preventable cause is driving in poor weather. Whether it is fog, rain, ice or snow, accident numbers rise in bad weather conditions. Driving at the speed limit in bad weather can also cause accidents, since the speed limit is meant to be driven at optimum road conditions.

According to Six Wise, aggressive driving is another trigger for accidents that is entirely preventable. Aggressive driving activities include tailgating, road rage, aggressive gestures, and failure to follow road signs. An additional cause is reckless driving, which is an umbrella term that encompasses similarly avoidable activities. Reckless drivers may drive while distracted, disobey or bend road laws, run red lights, ignore stop signs, speed, and make unsafe lane changes or improper turns.

Essentially, avoidable accident causes revolve around how careful drivers are. Obeying traffic laws and being aware of both road and weather conditions before driving can help cut down on these preventable accidents.

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