Car accidents happen every day, with several resulting injuries, liabilities, and fatalities. Often, auto crashes involve long-drawn-out battles for settlement between victims and the guilty party. A personal injury attorney is typically needed to help injured parties file and receive their due compensation.
Interestingly, most accidents happen the same way and knowing the cause of automobile collisions can help you avoid these incidents and the attendant troubles that come with them.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 94% of
motor vehicle accidents happen due to human error. As such, being a better driver can help you minimize driving risks and avoid common causes of accidents.
1. Rear-end Collisions
A rear-end accident occurs when you hit a vehicle in front of your car, or another driver hits your automobile from behind. They account for about 29% of accidents and can cause severe back and spine injuries. That said, you can avoid rear-end accidents by following these driving tips:
● Keep Your Distance
Maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you ensures you have enough space to avoid a collision if the driver suddenly hits the brakes.
Ideally, it's best to stay at least three seconds behind the car ahead and longer if there’s poor weather. Also, avoid driving situations that can cause you to apply your brakes suddenly to avoid a collision from behind by a driver who is not paying attention.
● Stay Focused
Do not fiddle with your phone or do anything that can distract you when driving. Always pay
attention to the road and other drivers around you.
● Don’t Drive Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Alcohol and drugs influence your concentration, make you prone to driving mistakes, and
reduce your reaction time. As such, ensure you only drive when you're sober.
2. Intersection Crashes
Intersection crashes usually occur when there is confusion about which driver has the right of
way. Some drivers may miss traffic signals and fail to notice stopping vehicles before making a turn, causing T-bone impacts and other intersection collisions as a result. The following driving guidelines will help you to avoid car accidents at intersections:
● Avoid Distractions
Distractions at intersections can prevent you from noticing traffic signals or other drivers around you. It's good practice to limit distractions as much as possible when driving through
● Practice Defensive Driving
Always watch to ensure that no one is coming through the intersection after the light turns
green. Look out for speeding drivers trying to catch the yellow light. Check your blind spot
before changing lanes, and be alert for other drivers changing lanes abruptly.
3. Side-swipe Accidents
Side-swipe accidents occur when two parallel vehicles collide. This type of collision often
happens when a car is changing lanes or merging onto the roadway and strikes another vehicle in the process.
Distracted driving or failure to observe your blind spots while on the wheel are the typical cause of side-swipe accidents. You can avoid side-swipe accidents by:
● Checking Your Blind Spots
Always check your blind spots before changing lanes or merging onto a roadway.
● Avoid Distractions
You've probably noticed by now that distracted driving is a common feature of many accidents, and you can almost avoid all types of automobile collisions - including side-swipes and motorcycle accidents - if you maintain focus while driving. You should also avoid driving while drowsy or under the influence.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident That Wasn't Your Fault? Contact Brand Law Group to File Your Personal Injury Claim
Getting compensation for injuries in a car accident is not always straightforward. You'll typically need a skilled car accident attorney on your side, as insurance adjusters usually try to blame the victim for the accident to avoid paying any settlement or to pay as little as possible.
With an accident attorney on your side, you'll have better chances of winning the battle for your compensation.
If you have sustained severe injuries in an accident, a catastrophic injury attorney will help you negotiate settlement and take your case to trial if the need arises.
Brand Law Group are skilled and experienced accident attorneys that ensure you get the best medical care and the compensation you deserve if you have been an accident victim. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, our wrongful death attorney will advocate your right to maximum possible recovery.
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