Top causes of car accidents and how to avoid trouble on the road

Do you find yourself on the roads of San Diego (and surrounding areas) on a regular basis? Do you worry that you could be part of an accident since you hear how common they actually are and you never know when "your number" may come up?

It's only natural to worry about this, especially if you watch the news. Every day, people throughout the area are injured and killed in motor vehicle accidents.

As a driver, you should do your part in making the road a safer place. While this is a good step to take, always keep this in mind: Other drivers aren't always as cautious and some are downright reckless.

Here are some of the top causes of car accidents:

  • Distracted driving. When people take their eyes off the road, they are more likely to cause an accident. You can't control other drivers, but you can control your ability to always pay attention to the road and what's happening around you.
  • Drunk driving. Despite strict laws and punishments, many people still think it's okay to drive drunk. When this happens, a serious or fatal accident can be the end result.
  • Reckless driving. This includes everything from speeding to running a traffic light.
  • Weather conditions. Any type of inclement weather, such as strong winds or heavy rain, can make it difficult to safely navigate a vehicle to its destination. If you find yourself driving in bad weather, slow down and leave more space between your vehicle and others.
  • Construction sites. Construction zones can be a challenge to navigate, as these can be set up in a confusing manner. When approaching highway construction, slow down and take your time.

Are these the only causes of motor vehicle accidents? Of course not. There are many others, ranging from vehicle defects to animals crossing the road.

Regardless of the cause, you should receive immediate medical treatment. Also, make sure you know what type of treatment you require over the long run. This will improve your chance of making a full recovery.

When you're feeling up to it, learn more about the accident and who was at fault. With the help of an attorney, you can dig up the necessary information in order to file a lawsuit with the idea of receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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