It is not always in our hands to avoid a car accident. There are many external factors that can lead you to get involved in a car accident but it is worth being prepared to avoid them as much as possible.
Below we will show you the main causes of car accidents. Some of them might be obvious but we want you to take all of them into account, from the most obvious, to the most unpredictable. Car accidents are terrible and can leave you suffering serious consequences, from loss of material goods, to permanent consequences in your health and well-being. Take all the necessary precautions to prevent them.
Main causes of car accidents
- Distracted drivers. This is the main cause of car accidents in the United States. Drivers talking on their cell phones, eating, or not keeping their eyes on the road are very dangerous and cause accidents every day.
- Drunk drivers. Driving under the influence of alcohol limits your reflexes and your ability to focus which leads to accidents. This is one of the main causes of accidents every day. If you drink, don't drive. Use a designated driver.
- Teenage drivers .T eenagers are often more reckless and impulsive behind the wheel and it takes years of practice to become an expert driver. This recklessness and inexperience can lead to accidents.
- Reckless drivers. Impatient and careless drivers, who overtake cars and change lanes abruptly, often cause accidents. If you are a reckless driver, be more careful. If you meet a reckless driver on your way, keep your distance.
- Speeding. Drivers who exceed the speed limit have a high probability of ending up in a car accident. The higher the speed, the shorter the reaction time to prevent the impact. A stronger impact will cause more serious damage.
- Running red lights. Skipping red lights can lead to accidents with fatal outcomes because the impact is received at the side of the vehicle. When you see a red light, you must stop.
- Running stop signs. You should never ignore a stop sign. This can cause fatal accidents because the impact is concentrated on the side of the vehicle. When the green light approaches, look to both sides before moving forward.
- Street racing. Cars modified with turbo engines and nitro accelerators can reach very high speeds. These car races can be fatal if an accident occurs at that speed.
- Driving at night. At night our vision and perception of things in front of us are diminished. It’s difficult to anticipate what is ahead if you cannot see clearly. That is why if you must drive at night, you must be very careful and alert to avoid accidents.
- Design defects. Defects in vehicle design, such as unintentional acceleration and roll-over can lead to accidents.
- Reckless lane changes. To avoid accidents, change lanes carefully. Use your turn signal and look at your mirror and blind spot before changing to the next lane.
- Wrong-way driving. Going the wrong way, either intentionally to cut corners or because you got confused, can led to accidents.
- Improper turns. Always use your turn signals before changing lanes or taking an exit. This way, drivers behind you will be able to anticipate your moves.
- Tailgating. Driving too close to the vehicle in front of you can lead to accidents. If the car in front of you brakes suddenly, you will not have enough time to react. Always keep a one-car-length distance to the next car.
- Road rage. Road rage can cause accidents when it is not controlled. Some drivers get carried away by anger and tailgate the other vehicle or cut them off and this can cause unnecessary accidents.
- Driving under the influence of drugs. Drugs, both legal and illegal, affect your judgment and your ability to focus and react. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not recommended as this can cause accidents.
- Rain. Rain makes the road surface more slippery and can cause the car to get out of control when braking. If you must drive in the rain, slow down and be extra careful
- Ice. Ice is one of the most common causes of accidents. As with rain, ice makes the road more slippery and can cause the car to go out of control if you brake suddenly.
- Snow. Snow mixes the dangers of rain and ice, making the road more slippery and causing limited vision in snowstorms.
- Fog. Fog clouds your ability to see what is in front of you and makes it very dangerous to drive like this because you cannot see clearly what is in front of you. Drive slowly and stay alert and always use your head lights.
- Potholes. Potholes are large holes in the surface of a road, caused by traffic and bad weather, which makes driving difficult or dangerous. They can cause the driver to lose control of the car and crash into another passing vehicle. If you see potholes in the road, drive slowly and try not to fall into them.
- Fatigued drivers. Tiredness on the road can be deadly. Many accidents occur because the driver fell asleep. If you feel exhausted and at risk of falling asleep in front of the wheel, pull over and take a short nap to recharge your energy and get to your destination.
- Tire blowouts. This can lead to loss of control of the vehicle and cause accidents. If you have a tire blowout, take the wheel firmly and keep control of the vehicle as you drive off the road.
- Deadly curves. When approaching a dangerous curve, slow down and be careful. Many drivers enter curves at full speed and lose control of the vehicle. This can be deadly.
- Animal Crossing. When you see an animal crossing sign, take the appropriate precautions. Don't speed and use your high beans in rural areas.
Most common damages in car accidents
Car accidents can be unpredictable and surprise you when you least expect them. These accidents can leave you with a range of conditions from the most superficial to the deepest. They can even cause you psychological damage. These are some of the most common injuries that can arise from a car accident:
- Whiplash. It is the condition that occurs in the muscles and ligaments of the neck when having a car accident. When you hit something, your head moves forward and back again suddenly and violently and those faster than normal moves can cause damage to the soft tissues of your neck.
- Head injuries. A blow to the head from a car accident can have serious long-term consequences, such as difficulty sleeping, headaches and even brain damage. It is very important to treat this condition properly to avoid complications in the long run.
- Scrapes and Cuts. A car accident can cause scrapes and cuts when you are hit inside the car or when you are injured by a loose object inside the car. This is a minor injury but should not be neglected because it can lead to infection if not properly treated.
- Broken bones. During an accident, your body can receive more impact and force than your bones can handle. This can cause broken bones such as wrists, shoulders, legs, arms and hips. Ribs are especially fragile and result in one of the most common broken bones during accidents and their recovery is painful and prolonged.
- Herniated disc. In addition to broken bones, you can also suffer from a herniated disc as a result of a car accident. Herniated disc occurs when your body is hit or moves abruptly and one or more vertebrae in your spine move out of place. This can be painful and cause long-term complications.
- Internal bleeding. This is a condition that is not visible and is often underestimated or not signaled until it is too late. If you are involved in an accident, it is important that you receive medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that you do not have internal bleeding as this can be life-threatening.
- Knee trauma. In a car accident, it's common for your knees to hit the dashboard. This can cause damage to your ligaments or more severe damage and you may need crutches, therapy and in more extreme cases, surgery.
- Psychological damage caused by a car accident. Not all injuries and damages caused in a car accident are physical or visible. Many times, the psychological consequences can be even more severe than the physical ones. These are the main psychological damages that can arise from a car accident:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a condition that you can suffer after a car accident. People with post-traumatic stress have difficulty or impossibility to return to activities they used to do. The fear of driving again is very common. It is likely that the affected person will require psychological treatment to control their fears and regain their mental health.
- Other psychological conditions. It is common to experience guilt after a car accident. Flashbacks are also common psychological sequels. This can develop feelings of anxiety and panic in the affected person and diminish their quality of life. These psychological conditions sometimes manifest themselves as night terrors and difficulty to sleep.
How can you prevent injuries from car accidents?
We cannot always control the factors that can cause a car accident but we can do our best to be as protected as possible and less likely to be involved in a car accident or suffer severe injuries if we are involved in one.
- Always wear your seat belt. You never know when you are going to be hit by another vehicle or when you are going to hit something. The seat belt is there to protect you from major injuries and save your life.
- Keep your car in top condition. Regularly check your car, change tires, and check brakes. All of this can prevent accidents caused by vehicle failure.
- Be a responsible driver. Do not exceed the speed limit, do not run red lights or stop signs, do not overtake vehicles carelessly, keep enough distance from the vehicle in front of you, and always pay attention to the road. Your life and the lives of others are at risk and you should be alert whenever you are behind the wheel.
Seek medical help immediately
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent your injuries from becoming more severe and having long-term consequences.
Some injuries and conditions are not immediately visible and may come to light later when it is too late and they become life-threatening. It is important to have a medical evaluation by a professional to determine the extent of the damage to your health and to treat your injuries in a timely manner.
A medical professional can also help you document your injuries and damages caused by a car accident to build your case for financial compensation through your insurance.