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How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Author: Linda/Wednesday, August 12, 2015/Categories: Info

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The most common car accidents usually occur close to home, in neighborhoods, commutes, intersections. They can be caused by a number of things, including fatigue, emotional or medical impairment, distraction, environmental conditions, or even non-driving activities. 

Understanding the most common causes of auto accidents can help both new and experienced drivers learn to avoid them while on the road. 

1. Low speed impact crashes 

These are crashes that occur under the speed of 10mph, like bumps, fender-benders, and parking lots. While they are not the worst, they often happen in populated areas, risking the lives of pedestrians. Most of them happen when backing up, so take extra care and watch out for other vehicles before reversing. Also be on the lookout for pedestrians and drive cautiously in neighborhoods. 

2. T-bone or cross-traffic collisions 

These are collisions that occur at intersections, and may be caused by a driver running a stop sign or red light, or taking a turn without yielding to oncoming traffic. Most T-bone accidents are the result of driver negligence. So, the best way to avoid them is by following traffic laws, taking extra caution around intersections, and watching out for signs of inattentive drivers. 

3. Single-vehicle accidents 

These types of crashes also happen, especially among the younger drivers, and include slipping and spinning out of control on ice, running off the road, hitting stationary objects, hitting wild animals, and a variety of other situations. These accidents are usually the result of over-correcting small mistakes, like over-steering or braking too hard. The best way to avoid these accidents is by taking extra care in harsh weather, like snow, ice, and rain that make it harder to control the car, and avoiding dangerous speeds that reduce your reaction time. 

4. Rear-end collisions 

These collisions usually arise when you are distracted and not watching the road ahead, causing you to rear-end the vehicle ahead of you. These crashes are best avoided by staying focused on the road, not talking or texting on your mobile device, and not fiddling with the GPS or radio while driving. 

5. Hitting cars when merging 

Merging cars, as well as those around them are at great risk of being sideswiped. These crashes often occur when the merging vehicle fails to check all blind spots. So, they are best avoided by looking around you and your blind spots before changing lanes, and driving cautiously where vehicles are likely to be merging. 

Car accidents happen every day, but most of these crashes are not fatal or particularly dangerous. Still, any type of collision can cause serious damage to your car. To get your car back in the condition it was before the crash, get in touch with City Collision for professional auto body work. 

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