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    Top 5 Causes of Traffic Accidents


    Nearly everybody will be involved in a traffic accident at some point in their life. With so many cars on the roads, accidents are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean in many cases somebody isn’t to blame. Traffic accidents can be caused by a myriad of different things, but as a leading law firm that handles many cases of compensation for personal injury claims following road traffic accidents, at Accident Advice Helpline, we are aware that there are five things that are responsible for more accidents on the road than anything else.

    5. Drink driving

    People are a lot more educated about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks these days. Drink driving is illegal and few people will attempt to justify it, yet every day people do still drive while being over the prescribed drink drive limit. Unfortunately, many of these people end up in traffic accidents and the consequences can be devastating. Not only can drink driving cause accidents that lead to serious injuries, but also it can result in the loss of life.

    4. Tiredness

    While most people will never get behind the wheel after they have had a drink, many people still drive when they are feeling tired. However, tiredness can impair a driver’s ability just as much as alcohol can and falling asleep at the wheel can cause some of the most serious traffic accidents, especially on the motorway or other fast moving roads.

    3. Speeding

    Driving too fast is something many drivers find themselves guilty of, yet speeding results in thousands of accidents each year. When you drive too fast, reaction times have to be a lot sharper and braking takes much longer. In addition, the faster you are going, the more serious an accident will be if you happen to hit another car.

    2. Aggressive driving

    Tailgating, undertaking, swerving in an out of lanes and overtaking when it is not safe to do so, all constitute aggressive driving. Losing patience with other road users can make drivers take risks, many of which can result in an accident.

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    1. Distracted traffic accidents

    By far the number one cause of most traffic accidents is drivers being distracted. Whether it is talking on a mobile phone, fiddling with the CD player or just not paying attention to the road ahead, distracted drivers cause more accidents that any other type of driver. Many of the accidents caused by distracted drivers are fortunately only minor, but it only takes a second’s lapse in concentration and an accident could occur that results in serious injury to somebody.

    Date Published: August 30, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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