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Some of the many potential causes of a car accident

When you take to the road, you do so with the idea of remaining safe until you reach your destination. Even though this is your plan, another driver could make a mistake that causes a serious accident.

Understanding the potential causes of a car accident can help you avoid trouble. Here are seven of the most common reasons for a crash:

  • Distracted driving: When a person falls prey to a distraction behind the wheel, such as texting or eating, it's more likely that they'll cause an accident.
  • Drowsy driving: A serious concern at all times of the days, especially the evening hours, drowsy driving is known to be a top cause of motor vehicle accidents.
  • Drunk driving: There is no gray area when it comes to the risks of drinking and driving. If a person is under the influence, they are more likely to cause an accident.
  • Speeding: Despite posted speed limits, some people continue to drive too fast. Doing so increases the risk of an accident, as well as serious damage and injury in the event of a crash.
  • Reckless driving: This comes in many forms, ranging from illegal passing to failure to use a turn signal.
  • Inclement weather: When the weather takes a turn for the worse, such as heavy rain and strong winds, it's more difficult to maintain control of a vehicle. While most drivers adjust their driving style in bad weather, some people neglect to do so.
  • Construction sites: Driving through a construction zone is easier said than done, especially one that is crowded. Add in narrow lanes and there's a greater chance of someone making a mistake.

With so many potential causes of a car accident it's important to remain focused at all times. In addition to personally doing the right thing, you should always keep a close eye on other drivers.

If you're part of a motor vehicle accident, move to safety and call 911. Also, check yourself and passengers for injuries, as immediate medical treatment is important to your health.

When you do these things, you'll find it easier to protect your legal rights as you attempt to hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions.

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