If you or someone you know has ever been involved in a car accident, you understand how traumatizing the experience can be. There are so many things that cause accidents, and some may surprise you.
3 Important Facts about Car Accidents That Might Benefit You
Let’s consider some facts regarding car accidents, to enable us to avoid such incidents in the future.
Although fatigue and distraction are some of the leading causes of car accidents and take many people’s lives each year, they aren’t the only causes. According to one accident news, one man was killed whilst trying to help someone else who had broken down, this is a tragic case, but not uncommon.
Assisting another person if they have stopped on the freeway or hard shoulder of the motorway, is hazardous and should be avoided. That’s not to say if someone was hurt or vulnerable, we should ignore them, but be sure to stop safely to avoid danger.
Another noteworthy cause of accidents is sneezing! It certainly doesn’t sound dangerous, but sneezing causes us to close our eyes for a few seconds; it may not seem like a lot, but it could have dire consequences if it happens just before a bend.
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Ever been driving along calmly only to see something flicker out of the corner of your eye? Yep, you’ve guessed it, insect alert! Car accidents caused by a fear of insects are surprisingly common—an article warns of the dangers of such fears after a woman crashed her car after spotting a spider in the front seat.
It is wise if you have such fears, to take precautions before traveling by scouting your car to reassure yourself it is insect-free, thus avoiding a panic-induced accident.
Most of us talk to our passengers whilst driving, but we should always be mindful of subjects to avoid. If you are with your significant other and have some ‘unfinished business’ between you, engaging in a heated debate isn’t wise while negotiating the complexities of driving and road hazards.
Getting emotional whilst being in charge of a vehicle will impair your judgment and distract you. If you do start arguing, do the sensible thing and pull over, no argument is worth risking the life of yourself and others. The same can be said for road rage. Getting upset by a stranger’s actions whilst driving is not worth the risk, and should be avoided.
Speeding and Distraction
Speeding remains one of the leading causes of car accidents. Much time and effort have been used in developing speed limits for drivers. Speed limits on certain roads, whether we agree with them or not, are there for a reason.
If you disregard speeding laws and cause an accident, the consequences could be bleak. There have been many awareness campaigns over the years to highlight the effects of speeding. Why is speeding so dangerous?
Speeding isn’t just about the driver. When you are speeding, it is difficult for other drivers to tell how fast you are going; this increases the risk of another driver pulling out under the illusion there is enough time.
Distracted driving is more of a problem in recent times than ever before. The invention of mobile technology has created a generation of instant information and multiple device use.
Driving a vehicle requires concentration and focus. The brain is handling complex actions when driving and doing anything else will impair your ability to judge what’s going on around you and make quick decisions.
One of the joys of traveling by car is all the beautiful views en route to your destination; that is, for the passengers. As the designated driver, you need to make sure you are not distracted by anything other than the road.
If you think you may be preoccupied with your surroundings, in my case, during lambing season, then consider taking a break and pulling over, so you can enjoy the scenery safely.
Driving whilst tired has long been known to be a dangerous habit. If you are a long-distance driver, this is especially relevant. When we are tired, we make mistakes.
Our bodies are telling us we need a break. Research suggests that driving when tired can be as dangerous as drink driving in many cases. If a driver falls asleep on the road, even for a few seconds, their vehicle can travel up to 200 meters, which can have catastrophic results.
So, there are many causes of accidents, and some are unavoidable, but we can be prepared and mitigate any potential risks by being aware of why accidents occur.
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