Car accidents are very common and they can be very dangerous. If you’ve never been in one, you’re a very lucky person. On average, drivers are in a collision every 18 years. This means that if you started driving when you were 16, you’ll most likely get into a collision by the time you’re 34 years old.
You can beat the odds by knowing how most car accidents happen and how to prevent them from happening.
A rear-end accident is when a car crashes into the back of the car in front of it. In many occasions these types of accidents are absolutely unavoidable.
However, they can be prevented by leaving enough space between you and the car behind you. When you change lanes, make sure that you leave enough space (several car lengths) between you and the car behind you. Also, prevent yourself from crashing into the car in front of you by staying attentive on the road ahead and keeping a safe distance away from the car in front of you.
A side-impact accident is when one car crashes into the side of another car (e.g. at an intersection or in the parking lot). Side-impact accidents are especially dangerous because cars don’t have bumpers and/or much protection on the side to absorb the contact and protect its occupants.
Side-impact accidents can be prevented by anticipating whether or not cars to your left and right will attempt to go through the intersection in front of you. Also, when you are stopped at the stop sign or light, make sure that you check for cars to your left and right for anyone who may be attempting to run their red light – even if you have the right of way.
A left-turn accident is when a car makes a left turn in front of oncoming traffic and causes a car crash. Generally speaking, the car making the left turn must yield to oncoming cars and make sure that it is safe before completing the left turn.
The best way to avoid this type of collision is to make sure that it is 100% safe before making your left turn. Even if the oncoming car is speeding when you are making a left turn, you could still be held liable for damages. If you are going straight, make sure that the car waiting to make the left turn will not attempt to complete the left turn in front of you.
Other Major Reasons
Ultimately, there are an infinite number of reasons why we get into car crashes: distracted driving, speeding, drunk and reckless driving, rain, running through red lights and stop signs, unsafe lane changes, etc. To minimize your chances of getting into an accident, always make sure to focus on the road, keep space around your vehicle, and anticipate actions of other drivers. If you always do this, you increase your chances of avoiding a collision.
By West Covina Car Accident Lawyer, Lem Garcia
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