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Protect yourself by understanding common causes of car accidents

When you get behind the wheel, you should do so with the idea that you'll make it to your destination without any trouble. For example, knowledge of the most common causes of car accidents can keep you safe.

Here are seven causes of car accidents that can sneak up on you at any time:

  • Distracted driving: It's only one text message. You're only turning around for one second. It's easy to assume that a minor distraction is no big deal, but it could lead to a serious accident.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: Even with laws in place, many people have too much to drink before taking the road. If you have any reason to believe your blood alcohol level is .08 or higher, stay off the road. If you are unsure, make it a habit to never drive after having even a single drink.
  • Drowsy driving: Falling asleep at the wheel is a major concern, as a wave of fatigue can hit you unexpectedly. If you're too tired to drive, pull to safety and get some rest.
  • Speeding: This is an easy one to avoid if you follow the speed limit. Unfortunately, there are times when you lose track of how fast you're traveling, which increases the risk of an accident.
  • Reckless driving: There are many forms of reckless driving, such as illegal passing, excessive speeding and aggression toward other drivers.
  • Inclement weather: For example, if a rainstorm moves into the area, you need to change your driving style. In addition to slowing down, turn on your windshield wipers and use your headlights. Also, consider pulling over if visibility is too low.
  • Nighttime driving: Many people who are good drivers during the day struggle to maintain the same level of safety after the sun goes down. The best way to avoid trouble is to stay off the road when it's dark.

When you understand the common causes of car accidents you can do your part in preventing a crash. What you can't do, however, is change the behavior of other drivers.

If another person causes a car crash, such as someone who is driving over the speed limit, you'll want to do your part in holding them responsible for their actions. Before you can do this, receive medical treatment and contact your insurance company to file a claim.

All of these steps are important in the aftermath of an accident.

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