Road accidents are spontaneous, and in most cases their effects are devastating. To avoid some of these road accidents and stay safe while on the road, it is essential to understand how these accidents happen. Here are the top five common causes of auto accidents and tips on how to avoid them.
Trying to beat a red light
Most of the road accidents that occur at intersections, especially when cross traffic is involved are caused by drivers who try to beat the red light. Instead of slowing down for a yellow light, some drivers who are probably in a hurry attempt to speed and end up causing grisly T-bone accidents that may involve several cars. Since, you don’t know what the next action of the other driver in the cross traffic, it is better to obey traffic laws and slow down when you see the yellow lights.
When you are not focused on the road, you may not be aware of what is going on around you. Remember, there are other users on the road, and if you don’t notice simple signals like a break light, you may not be able to stop in time. Many drivers still cause car auto accidents by illegally using their cell phones to call, text, access social media or take pictures while driving. If you have to use your cell phone, be sure to pull over or engage a hands-free mode.
Following a car in front of you closely can lead to rear-end collisions. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), these types of collisions account for 29 percent of all road accidents. The study revealed that most of these rear-end collisions occur when drivers get engrossed in other activities diverting their attention from the forward roadway. Always pay attention to your surroundings while driving and avoid small distractions like smashing a bug on the windshield or using your cell phone.
Underestimating oncoming vehicle speeds
Underestimating the abilities of other road users is very dangerous. For example, underestimating the speed of approaching vehicles and trying to cross a lane quickly can result in a ghastly road accident. In simple terms, don’t try to pull video game stunts on the road.
After a road accident, seek medical attention then contact your Houston accident lawyer for advice. For Houston residents, the attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris are your ideal litigation partners. We take pride in our over 100 years of combined experience in trial. Hiring us, guarantees you the ideal legal representation and increases your chances of a deserved compensation. Contact us today at 713-364-0723 for more information.