What Are The Common Causes For Car Accident?

Posted on February 15, 2009 @ 2:16 am
by David Halbert

Thousands of car accidents take place annually in the UK, and so insurance companies are swamped with claims. The most common cause of road accidents is driver negligence. Today, there are many reasons for a driver to get distracted and loose his or her concentration while behind the wheel. Tuning the car radio, changing or searching for a CD, answering or making a call on the cell phone, talking with other passengers in the car, and several other reasons contribute to distracting the driver while driving, which in turn become the reason for car accidents.

Another reason for car accidents is a lack of driving experience, as some surveys have shown that young drivers who are less than 25 years of age are involved in the majority of road accidents. This demonstrates that young drivers do not have the experience, and furthermore some are reckless drivers. The study has also shown that people over the age of 70 are also involved in a number of accidents, and this could be attributed to the fact that their reaction time is slower than that of younger people.

Driving while drunk or under the influence of other drugs is also a frequent cause of road accidents. Data demonstrates that drink driving in the UK is one of the main causes of road accidents, particularly on weekends.

Not obeying traffic rules and irresponsible driving are other key causes of road accidents. Cutting lanes, stopping suddenly, and tailgating are widespread reasons for road accidents. Not looking in the rear view mirror and not signalling while altering lanes causes the car to plough in to the other car that is attempting to cut into the lane. Reducing speed suddenly to view something on the side of the road will cause the driver at the back to run into the car in front, which can result in a chain reaction. Not keeping a safe distance when behind a car is just asking for trouble.

Bad weather conditions are one more cause of road accidents. Everybody knows that the weather in the UK is very erratic, and so it’s easy to be trapped in bad weather (such as snow storms) while driving. Bad visibility, out of order windshield wipers, not turning on the lights etc are all reasons of road accidents in bad weather.

The automobile that is being used must be looked at frequently to make sure that it is in perfect running condition, as anything as minor as a broken light, to faulty brakes, can cause road accidents.

Road rules are made to be followed, and not obeying them is asking for trouble. Forgetting to wear a seat belt, or taking it off in a rush, can cause an unnecessary injury. Also, if there is a child or pet in the car make sure that they are properly secured, and will not cause any distraction while driving.

Staying alert and driving diligently and carefully is necessary to avoid road accidents. A good driver is fully aware of the intentions of other drivers on the road, and this helps them to avoid accidents. Signs are put up to warn drivers and these must be obeyed. Furthermore, never drive under the influence of any intoxicant. Be careful while driving in a rush, and concentrate on your driving in order to keep yourself safe from any unwanted trouble or injury.

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