Timothy O. McCalep

3 common causes of car accidents

Imagine driving through Atlanta on your way to work. For a Monday morning, things are starting off well. You already stopped for gas and other morning necessities and are still running ahead of schedule. A few blocks away from work, the stop light turns red and you slowly bring your car to a stop just in front of the crosswalk. Unfortunately, the car behind you did not do the same. For whatever reason, the driver did not apply the brakes in time and slammed into the back of your car. Now you have to figure out how you are going to pay for the damages to your car and the medical expenses associated with your injuries. In addition, you will also have to miss work for a few days in order to sort this mess out.

Car accidents happen due to a wide variety of reasons. A wreck might occur because a dog ran out in the street and you or another driver tried to avoid it. Maybe something went wrong in the car, like engine or brake failure, that led to an accident. While there are endless possibilities, here are some of the most common causes of car crashes.

Asleep at the wheel

Driving tired is one of the leading causes of car wrecks. Studies estimate that 7 percent of all wrecks, and 21 percent of fatal collsions, happen because a driver fell asleep at the wheel. While you might think that you are only at risk of becoming a victim of a drowsy driver during night or the very early morning hours, in reality, it could happen at any time of the day.

Lack or loss of vehicle control

In general, 11 percent of wrecks happen because a driver loses control of the vehicle. This could occur if a driver takes a turn too fast, is trying to avoid a hazard in the road or in bad weather. Typically, speed often plays a significant role. If you see another vehicle that is going to too fast for road or weather conditions, try to keep a safe distance away in order to avoid becoming involved in a wreck.

Rear-end collisions

Another common type of car accident is the rear-end collision. These accidents tend to occur due to impatience or distractions. If a car is following you too closely, one of the best things you can do is to simply pull over and let that driver pass you by.

By understanding the common types of car crashes and their causes, you can take precautions to avoid becoming the victim of a negligent driver in the future. Unfortunately, it may not always be possible to avoid every wreck, such as in the opening scenario. If this happens, keep in mind that you have options. You might be able to file a claim with the other driver's insurance company for the damages to your car and any other losses you suffered due to the wreck.

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