How to Avoid the Top Four Causes of Car Collisions in Texas
Unfortunately, a car collision is far too common. In fact, most people have experienced a car collision at least once in their lifetime. If they're lucky, the accident amounted to little more than whiplash and a bent fender. However, many car accidents leave individuals with severe, lifelong injuries, and may even result in death. In 2017, 37,133 people died in car accidents in the United States. Although numbers are down from 2016, that is still far too many.
Below, we will be talking about the 4 most common reasons for a car collision.
Not Staying In the Proper Lane
Few people realize, when they get into a car, that it's essentially a weapon... and a very dangerous one at that. Cars have potential for devastating damage, not just to you, but also to those around you on the road. That's why it's important to pay attention to your car's position at all times. Distracted driving can easily cause us to veer, or slowly drift over the lines.
Even though some newer cars have advanced technology that warns you about drifting into another lane, you still shouldn't ever use it as a substitute for safe, alert driving.
Erratic Lane Changes
If you're quickly switching in and out of lanes, it not only irritates other drivers but can easily lead to a car collision. Erratic lane changes can also be a major contributor to slowed traffic.
Distracted or Reckless Driving
The term "reckless driving" encompasses a huge variety of unsafe behavior, often seen when drivers are overly agressive and allowing themselves to fall prey to road rage. Reckless driving can include:
- Driving too fast or not following the speed limit
- Driving after drinking
- Driving while high or on prescription drugs
- Cutting in and out of traffic
- Failing to yield
- Not adapting to weather conditions appropriately
Distracted driving deals with being in a car and not paying attention fully to the road, the cars around you, or your own car. Reasons people get distracted while driving:
- Texting/Talking on the phone
- Trying to find something in your car
- Putting on makeup
All of these activities can put you or someone else at risk of a car collision. Don't engage in reckless driving or distracted driving at any time... not only for your own sake, but for the safety of those around you.
Not Obeying Traffic Signs
When you drive, especially in a place you've never driven before, you should always be highly alert to any road signs indicating reasons for caution, speed limits, and upcoming road conditions. These signs are placed on the road for your safety and are never "optional". Signs can help you anticipate upcoming obstacles and changes in traffic, be on the alert for common hazards on the road, and be more courteous to those around you. Failure to see and obey these signs will result in a very dangerous situation for yourself and those around you.
While cars these days have all kinds of upgraded technology, the best safety feature in any car is the person driving it.
Have you been involved in a car collision in which you were not at fault? Make sure that you get the compensation you deserve with a free consultation when you contact Welmaker for more information.