If the weather gets bad so do the roads. Car accidents happen very often in the rain because water creates slick and dangerous surfaces for cars, trucks, and motorcycles and often causes automobiles to spin out of control or skid while braking. To avoid a car accident, drive extra careful when it rains.
Youth is wasted on the young, but careful driving is never wasted on young drivers. Unfortunately, teenagers aren’t often known for their carefulness. When teen drivers hit the roads they don’t always know what to do and that lack of experience ends up causing car accidents.
You’re driving down the road, it’s dark out and you want to get home for the warm fire. Next thing you know, you’re car is spinning dangerously out of control because you hit black ice. While San Diego hardly ever has ice, ice is a major cause of car accidents for cities with cold weather climates.
Everyone has been angry at another driver for one reason or another, but some drivers let their rage overcome them. By tailgating another driver in anger or speeding past another driver only to pull in front of them and brake, these road “ragers” cause many needless car accidents each year.
The reason that we have stop lights, turn signals, and lanes designated for moving either right or left as opposed to straight is because when drivers ignore the rules of the road, car accidents are often the result. To prevent a car accident, always look for signs and obey the proper right-of-way before you make a turn.
While drivers are required to know the rules of the roadway, wild animals do not take driver’s education. Wild animals will wade out into the street, and it’s up to you to make sure that you don’t get into a car accident with them. Take caution when you see an animal crossing sign and use your high beams when traveling in rural, woody areas.
Just as there is no single cause of road accidents, so there can be no single solution, although most countries are trying out both short and long term ideas. Looking ahead, the sane policy is to teach road manners, both to drivers and pedestrians alike.
The first point to realize is that not all accidents are caused by the driver; quite often the pedestrian is to blame. The "jay" walker who is liable to a heavy fine in the USA, can be a menace; so can the child or teenager playing 'last across' or simply playing about with a ball on the road; so can the old person whose ability to see, hear and walk properly may be defective. Sometimes, the roads themselves present hazards; the sharp bend with a reverse camber can easily send a vehicle off the road; sudden rain, ice patches, snow and fog in cold countries, cause innumerable accidents every winter. and the narrowness of many roads in country areas, and their poor surface and blind corners, greatly increase hazards of the driver. A proportion of accidents can, of course, be blamed on the vehicle and therefore on the driver, though nobody can rule out a front-wheel blow-out of speed. Vehicle defects, however, results from careless maintenance and the refusal to pay for necessary repairs. Faulty tyres, steering, lighting and brakes cause many accidents. Badly focused or undipped headlamps can blind oncoming traffic. But, it must be admitted that most accidents result from a failure of the driver himself. Drink increased foolhardiness and slows reactions, and in most countries, the penalties for driving under the influence of liquor are very stringent indeed. But, many accidents results from a simple error of judgment due to inexperience or lack of 'road sense' -- and it is unfortunate that so many people who barely 'scrape; through their driving test gain their experience at the expense of other people. Other relevant causes are inconsiderate driving, a momentary slackening of attention due to fatigue, an insect in he vehicle, or a family row, irritation hurry, perhaps and attack of illness at the wheel, or simply the desire to 'show off' to a girl friend.
The number one cause of car accidents is not a criminal that drove drunk, sped or ran a red light. Distracted drivers are the top cause of car accidents in the U.S. today. A distracted driver is a motorist that diverts his or her attention from the road, usually to talk on a cell phone, send a text message or eat food.