Since the advent of the automobile millions of people across the world have been injured in car crashes. In fact it is estimated that over 25 million people have died all over the world from car crashes since the car was invented in the late 1800s. There are many causes that car accidents can be attributed to but a few in particular that causes the most deaths on the road. They include tired drivers who fall asleep at the wheel, driving while intoxicated, speeding, road rage and weather conditions.
When a driver is distracted by outside influences they are left unable to keep their eyes on the road and maintain the proper concentration needed to operate their vehicle safely. According to the American Automobile Associations 25-50% of all car crashes were a result of drivers being distracted. These distractions might come as a result of using a cell phone, other passengers that attribute to distractions, playing with the radio or trying to multitask while behind the wheel.
According to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration drowsiness is responsible for about 100,000 accidents every year in the United States. Although this is most likely to occur during hours of darkness and nightfall that doesn’t necessarily mean that drowsiness does not affect people during the day. Making sure drivers on long trips have had ample rest and making stops for rest can prevent drowsiness.
Drunk drivers are a major source of deadly car crashes in our country. The best way to avoid this is to simply avoid drinking when getting behind the wheel. If you have consumed alcohol have another person who has not consumed alcohol drive you.
Speeding is a major source of danger for all those on roadways. Excessive speeding decreases the amount of time that other drivers have to react and prevent a crash. Excessive speeding also increases the force of impact in a crash thus making a car crash many times as deadly. Obeying the posted speed limits can be a major way of avoiding accidents and creating safer roadways.
Aggressive Driving/Road Rage
Aggressive driving or road rage can also be a major source of hazard on roadways. This can include very aggressive tailgating, flashing lights towards other drivers, using aggressive gestures towards others, verbal abuse etc. These behaviors can potentially cause a very dangerous and potentially deadly reaction in roads. You should do your best to avoid these types of drivers by maintaining a safe distance, keeping calm and changing lanes where appropriate.
Varying weather conditions can also have a negative effect on roadways and drivers safety. In conditions such as heavy rain, hail or fog visibility is drastically decreased. Maintaining substantial distance between yourself and other vehicles and if necessary stop your vehicle and pull over if conditions become too poor for you to drive safely.
It’s always important to remember the major reasons that cause car accidents and fatalities on the road. Driver safety and good driving habits can help avoid car accidents and keep you safe on the road.