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Car tips & advice | 01.04.2014 - 23:00

The Most Common Car Accidents and How to Avoid Them

The most common accidents occur when someone fails to pay attention, but if you pay attention to these tips, you'll be able to avoid some of them!

Car accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, car defects, and driver errors. Even if you practice safe driving habits, you may still end up being the victim of a car accident. But by being aware of the types of common accidents and their causes, you can be better prepared for how to avoid them.


Accidents at Intersections

These types of accidents usually occur when a driver runs a stop sign or red light. In other cases, a driver may attempt a left turn, but fail to yield to oncoming traffic. Accidents at intersections often result in cars getting hit in the side. Side-impact collisions can result in severe injuries and death. Stay alert at intersections, and be aware of other cars even when you have a green light. When making a left turn, pay attention to oncoming vehicles and give yourself ample time to turn.


Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions generally occur due to the rear driver's failure to apply their brakes in time. Drivers may become distracted and run into cars stopped at a light or stop sign, but accidents of this type may also occur when the leading driver slams on their brakes unexpectedly. Although the injuries involved in rear-end collisions are generally minor, they can develop into painful, chronic problems. To give yourself time to stop, always keep several car lengths between your car and the car ahead of you. Keep an eye on the brake lights of the vehicle directly in front of you, as well as the ones further ahead. Be ready to put your foot on the brake when you see the lights come on.


Frontal Collision

These collisions can involve one car hitting another car, a tree, a pole, an animal, or any other object. One car may hit another when a driver attempts to pass a vehicle in their lane, but doesn't allow themselves enough time to do so safely. Frontal collisions can also occur when a driver becomes distracted or falls asleep and veers out of their own lane. A frontal impact can be fatal or result in severe injuries. If you need drive during a storm, keep you windshield wipers and defrost on to maintain the best level of visibility possible. When you must go out in the snow or ice, drive slowly and be gentle when applying the gas pedal. To avoid frontal collisions while passing another vehicle, make sure the oncoming lane is clear, and don't take any chances. Never try to pass cars while going around curves or over hills. In addition, avoid driving when you're tried. Driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.


Use the Golden Rule

One of the smartest ways to stay safe on the roads is to never mix alcohol and driving. This means not getting behind the wheel if you've been drinking and not getting into a vehicle with a driver who's intoxicated. According to a Hartley Pecora DUI lawyer the fines for drinking and driving have increased significantly in the last few years making it more important than ever to get a designated driver rather than risk massive fines or even injuring yourself or another.


Be safe on the roads this year. It is important to always stay alert on the roads and always watch what the other drivers around you are doing. Driving safe is all about how you decide to drive, so use these ideas and your own common sense to keep out of these common types of accidents.

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