Drunk driving might be one of the most infamous causes of a car accident. However, there are a ton of other reasons that can increase incident risk. A research done by Davis Law Group looks into the probable causes of the car accidents in Everett, Washington through the years. What’s interesting is that they found “no rhyme or reason to the trends.”
There is no harm in taking extra precautions on the road. Getting in a car accident only entails the loss of money (for car repair and an attorney — they can both be quite expensive) and more importantly, the loss of lives.
Here are a few things you can do to help make the roads safer:
This may seem obvious, but apparently, it is not obvious enough for most drivers. It turns out that distracted driving is the number one cause of vehicular accidents in the United States. It even beats the number of those who sped and drove drunk. There can be many ways that you can focus, and they are quite simple. You can pull over when you need to text; make sure to use the car’s system when taking a call; save that food you’ve been dying to it for later. Do not overlook how far these small things can go. They might even save a life one day.
2. Be Patient
Speeding takes second place for having caused the most accidents in America. It’s interesting that the top two causes are ones that could be avoided given the sober state of the driver. The relation of vehicular control and speed seems to be inversely proportional. You tend to have more control of your car at lower speed rates and less control the faster you go. The advantage of having more control lowers the risk of you running into something or worse, someone. Speed limits are imposed for a good reason and following them contributes both to yours and others’ well-being. Now, unless you really want to see a car accident attorney, take it slow.
3. Sobriety Is Key
We all have that one friend who boasts about how much of a good driver he or she is when they’re drunk. At the same time, we also have that friend who insists on driving because they only had one pint or one shot. Well, that does not make them cool, because death is not cool. Alcohol is a depressant which means that while it lowers your inhibitions, it also takes a toll on response time. Lower inhibitions also suggest that you can be easily distracted and if driving distracted while sober is already causing the most accidents in the country, what more if you’re driving drunk.
4. Keep A Weather Watch Out
In North America, the rain is neck to neck with distracted driving when it comes to taking the number one spot of car accident causes. We have all seen it in the movies, whenever someone’s driving late out at night while the rain pours, they usually crash — either that or a ghost shows up in their backseat and only then do they crash. All jokes aside, driving in the rain dramatically increases the chances of accidents; the wet road and the reduced visibility could be a recipe for disaster.
Taking small and simple steps towards a greater goal can make leaps and bounds when done collectively. Be part of the thousands that aim to make the roads a safer place.