Causes of Accidents

Top 25 Causes Automobile Accidents

Being involved in an automobile collision can lead to many unwanted consequences.  It can be of very small consequences involving simple auto repair or more devastating consequences such as permanent injuries, loss of earnings or even death.

While some auto collisions causes may be obvious to the experienced driver, the following list is an attempt to educate all levels of drivers from teenage drivers who have just gotten their license to senior drivers with 40 years of the behind the wheel.

  1. Distracted Driving– the #1 cause of car accidents is not a criminal that drives drunk, speeds or runs a red light. Distracted drivers are the top cause of car accidents in the US today.  A motorist that diverts his or her attention from the road, usually to talk in the cell phone, send a text message or eat food is particularly more dangerous than a drunk driver.
  2. Speeding-Many drivers ignore the speed limit and drive 10, 20 sometimes 30 miles per hour over the speed limit. The faster you drive, the slower your reaction time will be if you need to prevent an automobile collision.
  3. Drunk Driving-Driving under the influence of alcohol causes automobile collisions daily. Even though the public understands this, it remains a leading cause of traffic accidents.
  4. Reckless Driving-Reckless drivers of those drivers that are impatient and change lanes radically, drive aggressively and ignore normal driving decorum. Recognize the aggressive driver and be sure to take care around them.
  5. Rain-Automobile collisions happen very often in the rain because water creates slick and dangerous surfaces for cars, trucks and motorcycles. These slick conditions often cause automobiles to spin out of control or skid while breaking.  Driving extra carefully in the rain is important.
  6. Running Red Lights–Red means stop. Drivers that run red lights, run the risk of causing wrongful death because they often cause high-speed side impact collisions.  Be sure to look both ways at any intersection.
  7. Running Stop Signs-Each year thousands of car accidents are caused by a negligent individual running a stop sign. These collisions usually result in a side impact and rollover accidents.  Never assume that an individual will stop at a stop sign until you are sure.
  8. Teenage drivers- Youth is wasted on the young, but careful driving is never wasted on the young driver. Young drivers often lack the experience necessary to operate an automobile safely.
  9. Night Driving-Driving at night nearly doubles the risk of having an automobile accident. As the sun goes down, your awareness of the cars around you must go up.
  10. Design Defects – Man has not produced a product that is perfectly safe. Cars are no different.  Many automobile manufacturers have had problems in the past, including Ford Explorer rollover accidents and Toyota’s unintended acceleration crashes.
  11. Unsafe Lane Changes-When drivers don’t make lane changes properly, it often leads to a car accident. There will always be a time when you need to get over to another lane to exit from a freeway or get into another lane to make a turn.  Be aware of your surroundings and do not assume that people will change lanes properly.
  12. Wrong Way Driving – Many of us have lapses in judgment. But when we are behind the wheel of an automobile these lapses can be deadly.  You can turn down a street thinking it is a normal turn, when, it is a one-way street in the opposite direction.  This can be a deadly predicament.
  13. Improper Turns -Serious consequences can occur when we don’t obey rules of the road. When these rules are ignored, serious car accidents are more likely.  Pay attention to signage and remain alert.
  14. Tailgating -Many drivers are impatient and reckless and choose to tailgate the car in front of them. This often results in rear end collisions that could be avoided.  Give the car in front of you at least one car length per 10 miles per hour.
  15. Driving under the Influence of Drugs–It is not only alcohol that impairs drivers. The use of illegal and legal drugs and medications can impair your ability to make proper decisions and affect your reaction time.  This is not just the illegal drug addict but also many millions of Americans that take mind-altering prescriptions and medications.
  16. Ice-You are driving in cold weather and suddenly lose control of her vehicle. This can be black ice on the road that is undetectable.  Use extra caution during icy conditions.
  17. Snow -As we all know, snow on the roads can be dangerous. Use extra caution during snowy conditions.
  18. Road Rage– Road (Ragers) cause many needless accidents every year. Everyone gets angry at times on the road however some individuals take it to an extreme.  Be very cautious of angry drivers.
  19. Potholes -Motorist in the Atlanta area realize the danger that potholes pose. We always run the risk of hitting a pothole and losing control of our car or having a blowout.  If you see a pothole in your path, attempt to avoid hitting it with your tires.
  20. Drowsing Driving-Most automobile accidents caused by drowsy driving occur at night. Driver fatigue is not discussed much but how can we expect a driver that is having trouble staying awake to drive safely.  If you find yourself wanting to fall asleep at the wheel, pullover when it safe and take a 30-minute nap.
  21. Tire Blowouts – You can see evidence of tire blowouts with the highways being littered with the remains. Tire blowouts can cause you to lose control of your car and they are especially dangerous for bigger vehicles like semi-tractor trailer trucks.  If you experience a sudden blowout or a flattening of a tire, ease off the road while maintaining control of your vehicle.
  22. Fog –Fog is a very common occurrence particularly in the South. Fog interferes with your ability to see and should be approached with caution.  Always run with your headlights on low beam.
  23. Deadly Curves-These curves in the highway are sometimes called “Dead Man’s Curves”. You can find yourself approaching a significant curve without noticing it.  It is necessary to observe the signage and to follow the posted speed limit while approaching and going through these curves.
  24. Animal Crossings- Wild animals do not take driver education. This is quite apparent in the Metro Atlanta area with your high deer population.  Consequently, be aware, particularly in wooded areas of the possibility of a sudden deer crossing.  Some of these areas are marked with appropriate signage and you should use your high beams in these areas.
  25. Street Racing- Glorified by The Fast and the Furious movie franchise, street racing as an underground culture of fast cars and deadly car accidents. With turbo motors and nitrous oxide boosters, cars often reach very high speeds during a street race making any resulting car accident much more dangerous and much deadlier.