For the first time in 10 years, the number of persons killed in car crashes in the US exceeded 40,000 in 2016. In most cases, we tend to blame it on the incompetent, unskilled drivers and careless driving. Here are the six primary causes of car crashes:
Falling Asleep At The Wheel
Drowsiness is one principal cause of car crashes. During a microsleep, which happens subconsciously, the mind shuts down at intervals and goes offline a couple of seconds. It’s estimated that 7 percent of car crashes and 21 percent of fatal car crashes occur due to drowsy drivers.
Loss Of Control
Regardless of your driving skill level and experience, you have less control over your car when moving fast. However vigilant you are, crashes will happen in unexpected situations that demand an instant response. Say another driver appears suddenly or if there is a sharp turn right head.
About 12 percent of car crashes occur due to blocked road view. For instance, you might decide to take a turn close to a large vehicle without the knowledge of what is on the other side.
Crazy as it may sound, 23 to 30 percent of all car crashes occur because of hitting the car in front. In a hurry, most of us will drive close to the car in front. If the driver happens to brake instantly, the result is a crash.
Failure To Stick To The Lane/Road Departure
These two reasons account for 33 percent of all car crashes. Most drivers will tend to multitask, and smart phones distract their attention.
Rolling Turn On Red
The law requires that you stop fully when you come to the red light before taking a turn. Upon approaching a red light, a driver will slow down but continue to roll, look to the left to see if there are oncoming vehicles. On looking back to the right side, there’s a pedestrian or a cyclist.
If you’ve been involved a crash, an experienced car accident attorney can offer you advice about your legal options.