3 common causes of motor vehicle crashes

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2023 | Car accidents

All drivers must operate their vehicles safely on the roadways or everyone is in danger. There are a few causes of these crashes that are common, but fully preventable. 

Drivers must ensure that they avoid these three actions when they’re driving so they can help everyone to get to their destinations safely. Remember, even if you drive safely, other drivers might not follow suit. 

#1: Distracted driving

Distracted driving is a leading cause of car crashes, and it can take many forms. Some common distractions include using a cellphone to make calls or text, eating or drinking, talking to passengers, adjusting the radio or navigation system and grooming. 

Distracted driving reduces a driver’s ability to recognize and respond to hazards on the road, increasing the risk of a crash. To avoid distracted driving, drivers should focus on the road and avoid any activities that take their attention away from driving.

#2: Drunk driving

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime that can have deadly consequences. Alcohol and drugs decrease a driver’s ability to make good decisions, react quickly to hazards and maintain control of the vehicle. Drunk driving is especially dangerous because it can lead to crashes that are often more severe than other types of accidents. 

#3: Drowsy driving

Drowsy driving occurs when a driver is too tired to focus on the road or stay awake while driving. It can be especially dangerous for commercial drivers, shift workers, and anyone who has not gotten enough sleep. 

Drowsy driving can impair a driver’s ability to make good decisions, react quickly to hazards and stay alert while driving. Drivers should make sure they have enough sleep, take regular breaks during long trips and avoid driving during regular sleeping hours so they don’t succumb to drowsy driving.

The financial devastation that comes after a car crash is hard for many people to deal with. This includes damages, such as medical bills and missed wages. Victims may choose to seek compensation for the effects of the injuries.