The Common Causes of Car Accidents and ow you can Prevent Them

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a behavioral choice that can be dangerous. Drivers who change lanes abruptly, tailgate, or weave in and out of traffic pose risks to themselves and others.

Such behaviors can arise when drivers are in a rush. They may also enter traffic feeling irritated, stressed or overwhelmed, which can turn into road rage. Some drivers may even drive recklessly if they are prone to anxiety.

Strategies to prevent reckless driving include taking several deep breaths, rolling down your window for fresh air, and being aware of your surroundings. Everyone feels frustrated by traffic at times, but it’s important to acknowledge how reckless behavior can potentially harm others in the event of a collision.


Drivers are responsible for focusing on the road despite distractions. Many of these distractions include children, passengers, or pets. Although you can’t control the behavior of your passengers, you can pull over and address problems while parked.

Drivers who attempt to multitask while driving also create serious risks. Refrain from eating, grooming your appearance, and using your phone while driving. You can mitigate such distractions by keeping your belongings in the backseat or trunk, making you less likely to engage in distracted driving.

Some distractions may be outside the car. Accidents, sights, and events around your vehicle can draw your attention while driving. Stay focused on the road ahead rather than things taking place off-road.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving remains a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. Alcohol impairs one’s cognitive functioning, blurs vision, impairs judgment, and slows reaction time. If you have had alcohol and are driving, call a taxi or Uber. Under no circumstances should you attempt to drive.


Speeding makes it difficult to control your car and slow down when necessary. Posted speed limits are there for a reason, to keep the road safe. Many people drive 5 to 15 kilometers per hour over the speed limit. If traffic is moving faster than the speed limit, switch to a slower lane so you can maintain a safe speed.

Poor Driving Conditions

Poor driving conditions, such as inclement weather or driving at night, are not always avoidable. Yet you may be able to avoid dangerous driving conditions by checking the forecast ahead of time or leaving for your destination earlier in the day.

Rain, snow, ice, and low light reduce visibility. Such conditions can make it difficult to see the road, other cars, and animals. When driving in poor conditions, leave extra space between your vehicle and others and proceed slowly with increased caution.

Inclement weather can cause a car accident that is out of your control. If you experience a weather-related collision, report the incident to local authorities, contact your insurance company, and seek an auto accident lawyer.

If you are injured in an automobile accident call Limitless Law today.