When a person gets behind the wheel of a car or any type of vehicle they do so with the understanding that there is some risk involved. Because there are so many variables involved when it comes to driving, like weather, construction, pedestrians, animals, etc., there can be several causes for traffic collisions. That is why it is imperative that people driving be extra cautious and aware of what is going on around them.
To help minimize traffic collisions it is helpful for a person to understand the main causes for traffic collisions. Below is a list of just a few of the causes for traffic collisions.
Being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
Any person drinking and/or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel can be a huge cause for traffic collisions. A person under the influence has slower reflexes, which means he or she will not be able to respond or react properly should something unexpected happened while driving.
Talking and/or texting while driving
One of the things they cover in your driver’s education class is having two hands on the wheel at all times. There is usually some discussion about keeping your eyes on the road at all times also. A person talking while driving, and not using a hands-free device, is not only distracted by the conversation but also only has one hand on the wheel.
A person texting while driving only has one hand on the wheel and his or her eyes on their phone screen rather than the road. These are huge causes for traffic collisions and there’s plenty of data to support why it is important not to text or talk while driving.
Sometimes people forget why there are construction zones with reduced speed limits. It is all about keeping the workers and people driving through that area safer. If a person’s driving too fast in a construction zone he or she could end up hurting a construction worker. There is also the possibility of rear ending someone because traffic can stop suddenly in construction zones.
This is another on the list of causes of traffic collisions because when people get angry while driving they make bad decisions. They tend to react before assessing the situation. When a person makes a rash decision it can cause collisions. It is essential to remain calm while driving.
Eating is another cause of traffic accidents. People take a hand off the wheel and sometimes their eyes off the road to get their food.
No one wants to be the cause or be involved in a traffic collision. By avoiding the above list of causes for traffic collisions a person can as safe as possible. The only other factor to keep in mind is that you cannot control other people. In order to best protect against other people is to be a defensive driver. By being aware of what is going on around, behind and in front of you at all times.