Unfortunate as they are, road accidents are a stark reality, and their frequency has increased at an alarming rate. There were almost 150,000 road accidents in Great Britain alone, in the year ending September 2012, with nearly 200,000 resultant casualties. While a majority of the road accidents can be prevented and avoided if certain precautions are taken, it is highly doubtful that they’ll ever be eliminated. So, what precautions can one take? The first would be to learn why such accidents happen in the first place.
Oh, the Distractions!
Perhaps the biggest reason for road accidents is people being distracted while they drive. These distractions are many and varied, and can occur in a variety of ways. The most common ones include the use of mobile phones for calls and text messages, and eating while driving. Billboards, roadside gatherings, and other accidents have also been known to distract people enough to cause accidents.
Poor, Poor Judgment
Another major reason for road accidents is poor judgment on the driver’s part. It is often difficult to determine the speed of other vehicles on the road, especially if they are moving towards you. Failure to appropriately judge the speed and the path of travel of other vehicles and people on the roads has caused a multitude of accidents globally.
Matters of Haste
People often think they need to get somewhere by a certain time, or as quickly as possible, and throw all caution to the wind in their haste. In such a hurry, they often end up being reckless and careless while driving, and become a major reason for road accidents. It is essential that you give yourself enough time to reach your destination and drive calmly and rationally to get there.
Mother Nature’s Role
Sometimes, people are not to blame for accidents that happen on the road. Mother Nature plays her part well in this regard, with storms, hurricanes, snow, hail and rain. Severe weather conditions contribute significantly to road accidents around the globe, by obscuring the drivers’ field of vision or making the roads extremely hazardous.
Keeping the Distance
Cars have their own personal space, just like human beings, and it should not be violated. One can never be entirely certain of the road’s surface, the tyres’ and the brakes’ condition, and how long it will take to stop the vehicle. Road accidents can occur when proper following distance is not maintained with the slightest miscalculation of any of these factors.
Of Substances and Abuse
Alcohol and drugs are major causes of road accidents around the world, especially where teenagers are involved in the incident. While prohibited by law almost universally, people still tend to drive under the influence or while intoxicated and end up causing thousands of road accidents annually.
Road accidents happen for myriad reasons and they cannot always be avoided. If you have been unfortunate enough to be the victim of one and survived to tell the tale, contact Accident Advice helpline for legal advice.