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4 common causes of car accidents

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Many drivers expect a smooth ride to their destinations. But sadly, a car accident can turn a simple trip to the grocery store into a life-threatening nightmare. In 2020, Mississippi had 25 fatal crashes per 100,000 residents

Lots of car accidents are the result of careless or preventable actions. Below are four common causes of vehicle crashes:

Driving over the speed limit

Even though speed limits exist, some people do not pay attention to them. They might drive too fast to beat the red light or because they’re running late for an appointment. Speeding can make it easy to lose control of the car when the driver needs to brake to prevent a crash.

Distracted driving

There are several reasons why drivers can be distracted. They might be arguing with passengers or engrossed in a story playing on an audiobook. Regardless, these activities can slow down a driver’s reaction time when they need to avoid a collision or go when the light turns green.

“Smartphone” driving

Most U.S. states have rules and regulations regarding cellphone use while driving. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore them and attempt to drive and talk/text at the same time. Doing this is even riskier for teen drivers since they’re young and still new to the road.

Driving through bad weather

Heavy rain and fog make it difficult for drivers to see what’s in front of them. If it happens to be a cold, wintry day, tires can slide on icy roads, causing a deadly crash with one or more vehicles.

Being a victim in a car accident can leave permanent physical and emotional damage. It’s best to seek legal guidance if you or someone you know got hurt in a vehicle collision. You and your loved ones may be entitled to personal injury compensation.