The 4 Most Common Accidents on the Road
When it comes to motor vehicle accidents the focus is often on serious incidents caused by speeding, alcohol, fatigue and failing to wear a seatbelt. But there are far more common occurrences of minor accidents caused by driver inattention that you also need to watch out for.
Inattention and simple driver errors are responsible for countless accidents, resulting in costly insurance claims and injuries. Here are some of the most common accidents on the road and how to avoid them.
It can take just a fraction of a second to collide with a slowing or stationery vehicle in front when you’re not paying full attention. Taking your eyes off the road to change radio stations, check a text message or even tend to the children in the back of the car may only distract you for a few seconds, but the effect can be financially and physically devastating.
Ensure you leave a safe driving distance between you and the car in front, and don’t take your eyes off the road. In most instances the rear vehicle takes the blame for an accident so if you need legal assistance in the case of a rear-end collision, consult legal experts like to see where you stand.
Checking and double checking is the golden rule at intersections, even if you have a green light or right of way. Failure to properly observe intersection rules through distraction or lack of indication are the usual causes for intersection incidents so it’s important to ensure the coast is clear before manoeuvring. While you may be paying attention, other drivers may not be, so drive defensively. It’s also worth brushing up on your road rules to understand who gets right of way at intersections and roundabouts.
It’s a simple task, undertaken numerous times a day, but merging and lane changing provides endless potential for an accident. In this case the best defence is to check and double check your blind spots before merging or changing lanes, and ensure you clearly indicate. Watch also for other drivers who may be about to merge, and be patient and courteous when merging into traffic.
Car parks are notorious for traffic accidents with vehicles travelling in a host of different directions, reversing and quickly pulling into and out of spaces. Even if you’re in a hurry, slow down in car parks and be extra alert. Make sure you also watch out for pedestrians heading to and from their cars.
The Golden Rules
Safe driving comes down to following a few golden rules every time you hit the road – don’t drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, don’t speed, don’t drive fatigued, do wear a seatbelt and don’t get distracted.
With a little extra care and attention, many accidents can be avoided. It’s simply about recognising that driving is a responsibility with each trip requiring your full awareness of the road rules, other road users and any potential hazards.