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5 causes of vehicle collisions

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2023 | Personal Injury Law

People end up in car accidents every day. While every car accident is unique, there are often a few patterns that cause these accidents. 

To be a safer driver, you may want to learn what causes vehicle collisions: 

1. Texting and driving

Texting while driving is one of the most common distractions that lead to auto accidents. Driver’s attention is typically drawn to their phones once their phones ring. It’s often only a matter of time before a driver feels the urge to reach for their phone and look away from the road.

2. Smoking

Cigarettes and vape pens are very popular. But, like phones, they are distracting while driving. Drivers will have to take one hand off the wheel while driving to smoke. This lowers their reaction time and control over their vehicle.

3. Drunk driving

Alcohol impairs people’s senses which are mandatory for safe driving. Other drivers are at risk of serious or fatal injuries from drunk drivers. Drunk driving is likely the most frequent at night, but they do occur during the day.

4. Inexperience

Everyone learns to drive for the first time – it’s often a scary thing. New drivers’ inexperience in controlling their vehicles and following traffic laws can often lead to accidents. New drivers may react in an unintended way while driving and end up flooring the gas pedal when they mean to use their brake, for example. New drivers may want to try to log a few hours behind the wheel during low-traffic times just to gain some extra experience.

5. Medical issues

Many people have medical conditions that make it harder to drive. As people get older their health starts to get worse, which can affect their bodies. For example, poor eyesight may make it harder for drivers to see other cars at night.

It’s often hard to avoid an auto accident, no matter how responsible you are. If you’re injured and suffering from vehicle damages, then you may need to understand what legal steps you should take next.