Thanks to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, drivers can know the most common factors that cause car accidents. Avoiding these risks helps keep you and your family safe on the road.
When out driving, take steps to avoid these common car accident causes as reported by NHTSA data.
Colliding at intersections
Approximately 36% of auto accidents occur when vehicles are turning or crossing through an intersection. Avoid an accident in this situation by coming to a complete stop. Make sure the entire intersection is clear of cars, bicycles and pedestrians before proceeding. At a yellow light, err on the side of caution by stopping instead of speeding through.
Swerving out of the lane
Drivers who drifted into another lane of traffic or changed lanes without looking caused about 30% of reported crashes. Often, distractions such as smartphone use or eating behind the wheel contribute to this dangerous oversight. In fact, eliminating distractions like texting while driving is one of the most important ways to prevent auto accidents.
Before changing lanes, look in your mirrors and check your blind spots carefully. Make sure the lane is completely clear before making your move.
Rear-ending another vehicle
The NHTSA reports that 23–30% of crashes occur when one vehicle hits another from behind. Like lane-change accidents, rear-end collisions often occur with distracted driving. When behind the wheel, focus on the road rather than music, passengers or phone calls.
Making a blind left turn
If you are trying to turn left at an intersection but do not have a clear line of sight around approaching vehicles, do not turn. This type of collision accounts for about 12% of auto accidents.
In about 11% of crashes, the driver simply loses control of the vehicle. Often, inclement weather plays a role in this type of accident. When the forecast is for storms or heavy rain, consider postponing travel until the skies clear.
Some auto accidents are unavoidable. However, awareness of these common crash-causing situations can improve your ability to drive safely and prevent collisions.