What Variables Increase the Risk of a Car Accident?

Nobody wants to have a car accident, but car accidents occur all the time. There are several variables which can increase the risk of having a crash.


First, if you are using your cell phone and texting while driving, you’re four times more likely to get into serious car crashes, according to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study. Makes sense, doesn’t it? One split second of taking your eyes off the road in front of you to check the latest text message update on your phone screen could lead to a serious accident.


Next, if texting while driving doesn’t get you, speeding will. How many times have you heard of crashes with fatalities due to excessive speeding? If the speed limit is marked 55 miles per hour, and you’re driving 85 miles per hour– or the car coming at you is — a crash could easily happen. The faster a vehicle is travelling the less control a person has over it.


Speeding and drunk driving typically go hand-in-hand. When someone has consumed too much alcohol in their system, with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher, you can bet they’ll be driving recklessly. All too often, drunk driving leads to car accidents.


Other factors that matter when it comes to car accidents include the weather, the time of day or night, and a vehicle’s mechanical problems. With weather, wet roads, limited visibility, black ice and high winds can increase the risk of accidents. The time of day or night also factors in– it’s easier to crash into another vehicle during “rush hour” when more vehicles are on the roads and highways than at off-peak times. And finally, sometimes a car or truck or motorcycle experiences mechanical problems. If, for instance, a driver loses control of their vehicle because the brakes quit, a crash can easily occur.


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