A road traffic accident can be caused by an array of different factors. As well as driver mistakes that cause car accidents, poor road or weather conditions, and mechanical faults on vehicles can also cause issues on the road.
Mistakes that cause car accidents
Common mistakes that cause car accidents drivers make include:
- Not paying attention. Using a mobile phone, messing with your in-car stereo system or turning to a passenger can all take your attention off the road long enough to cause a vehicle collision.
- Exceeding speed limits. Speed limits are usually there for a good reason. Driving too fast significantly reduces your reaction time and braking distance, which in turn substantially increases your risk of having a car crash.
- Misjudging distances and speeds. Many accidents on the road are caused by drivers misjudging the distance or speed at which other vehicles are approaching and pulling out or turning in front of said vehicles.
Other mistakes that cause car accidents include:
- Ignoring fatigue. Long distance driving can and will cause fatigue. Ignoring the onset of fatigue often causes car crashes by drivers reacting too slowly in case of an emergency or even falling asleep at the wheel.
- ‘Just one drink’. Even if you have just one drink, your ability to drive safely will be impaired, especially if you are already tired, on certain medications or have had that drink on an empty stomach. This, of course, could easily result in you causing an accident.
- ‘I know this road in my sleep’. Familiarity with roads often causes drivers to drive too fast or almost ‘switch to auto-pilot’. The trouble is, no matter how well you know a road, you never know what surprise, like a tractor, a broken down car or new road works, for instance, may lie behind the next bend.
The biggest mistake
Believing that nothing will ever happen to you because you have never caused a motoring accident in your life is perhaps the biggest mistake of all. You may be a good driver, but if you wish to prevent traffic-related accidents, it is imperative to expect and be prepared for other road users making mistakes than cause car accidents.
If, in spite all your care and attention, you are injured in a vehicle accident caused by another driver, you may qualify for driver injury compensation. We, Accident Advice Helpline, have in-house car accident claim experts with over 15 years’ experience and an impressive success record.
Enlist our help by having a confidential chat about your accident on the road with a helpline advisor on 0333 500 0993 for mobile calls, or 0800 689 0500 from landlines, now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice