What Causes the Most Car Crashes?

Each year, about 40,000 people are killed in car accidents every single year and plenty more are seriously injured or handicapped. In some cases, the term "car accident" is a misnomer because some of these deadly car accidents could have been easily prevented. Here are some of the leading causes of car crashes in the United States of America.

Human Error

The top reason why car accident occur is because of human error. The most common error is speeding. Most drivers, however, don't admit that it was their fault the accident occurred.

Equipment Failure

Believe it or not, equipment failure actually causes less than five percent of all car accidents, although there are plenty of people who like to blame their car accidents on equipment failure. 

Due to modern dual-circuit brakes, break failure causing car accidents is much less common than it was before. If one side of the break fails, then the car can usually still be stopped with the other side. Tire failure often causes car accidents, though. Make sure the tires of your car are inflated, balanced, aligned, and have working suspensions. Get a mechanic to check your tiles every 5,000 miles if you cannot. If the steering or suspension system of your vehicle fails, a car accident is almost bound to happen, so that system should be checked every 10,000 miles by a mechanic. Basic maintenance can save lives, so it's important that you make sure you have the resources at your disposal to take care of issues as they come up. Insurance can be a big help and a legal necessity. Comparing policies can help you stay safe and save money.

The Roads

Many drivers who have gotten into car accidents attempt to blame the conditions of the road, but the road conditions are almost never the cause. Years have been spent making roads safe for drivers. Intersections, bends, crests, school zones, crossings, and merging lanes are the causes of road accidents. Road construction, wild animals, and traffic jams are also the cause of many accidents.

When accidents occur because of the conditions of the road, the problem is often weather. Ice and snow caused by weather in the winter are hazards that can affect the road conditions due to the lack of a grip for the tires of cars.

Poor Maintenance

Sometimes, poor maintenance of the road causes car accidents. Debris on the road that is not cleared can lead to accidents, as can faded or obscured road signs. Pot holes and road construction can also lead to plenty of car accidents. If you know of any pot holes or bad signs, you should contact your police department to see if they can do anything about it.

During the winter, plenty of people blame car accidents on unsalted, or sanded roads. Often times, though, the real cause of the accident was speeding. Whenever the roads are icy, you should slow down whether or not their salted.

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