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This article was published on February 22nd, 2022
None of us likes to think of ourselves in a road traffic accident but unfortunately, they are common and most people will be involved in one during their lifetime. However, despite this, there are things you can do to avoid them. This blog details the common causes of road traffic accidents and how to avoid them.
Speeding is one of the most common causes of road traffic accidents, it is also one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents with about 40 per cent of them being attributed to speeding alone. If you are speeding you will have less reaction time to avoid collisions, furthermore, the faster you’re driving, the more severe the crash will be. The easiest way to avoid speeding is to know the speed limit of the area that you are driving in, It’s much easier to stick to the speed limit when you know what it is at all times.
In-car distractions are another common cause of road traffic accidents. Various things can distract you when you are driving including your mobile phone, eating or drinking and passenger interference. The rise in mobile device usage, and texting as a preferred mode of communication make this a leading contributor to the increase in distracted driving incidents. This can be avoided by turning off your mobile phone or turning it on silent mode, setting a bounce-back message to let your contacts know you are driving and keeping it out of sight and reach.
It will come as no surprise that reckless driving is a leading cause of road traffic accidents. These types of accidents are typically caused by one or more poor decisions by the driver including tailgating, failure to stop at red lights, braking suddenly and not using signals when changing lanes or turning. The majority of reckless driving accidents can be avoided simply by following the rules of the road. However, there are additional steps that you can take to ensure you are not involved in a road traffic accident with another driver including staying clear of dangerous drivers, leaving enough space between your car and the car in front and giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
Fatigue is a leading cause of road traffic accidents because it can impair your ability to react quickly to situations on the road. If you are fatigued and behind the wheel of a car, the risk of being involved in an accident increases by up to six times. If you have already started driving and you begin to feel tired, find a safe place to pull over and take a break.
Above are just some of the common causes of road traffic accidents and how to avoid them. However, even if you take all precautions, accidents do still happen. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and it wasn’t your fault, we can help. We are committed to your compensation claim, our specialist no win, no fee solicitors have a great deal of experience in dealing with car accident injury claims and will guide you every step of the way to a successful car accident compensation claim.
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