After the world's first car accident fatality in London in 1896, the coroner said "This must never happen again." Unfortunately since then over 25 million people have lost their lives in vehicle-related road accidents according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Despite the advancements in vehicle safety technology, the number of people who are killed or injured on the roads continues to rise. According to a report by the WHO and the World Bank, nearly 1.2 million people die every year on the world's roads, with this figure expected to rise by 65 percent by 2020.
It turns out that that drivers still have a lot to learn when it comes to driving safely and avoiding car accidents. Below are the 5 main causes of car accidents on the road.
Don't be distracted!
One of the most common causes of car accidents on the road is because the driver has been distracted by something. Whether it is using a mobile phone, putting on makeup or just fiddling with the radio or sat nav - that momentary loss of concentration could put you or someone else in serious danger.
Tiredness or fatigue is a major cause of car accidents on our roads. Symptoms of driver fatigue include heavy eyelids, frequent yawning, drifting into the wrong lane, varying the cars speed for no reason, misjudging traffic situations, being fidgety or irritable and daydreaming.
Get a good nights sleep before any long journey
Share the driving on long journeys whenever possible
Avoid long drives after work
Be careful about taking medicines that may affect your driving
Pull over and stop if you feel drowsy, and keep a window open for plenty of fresh air
Take a break from driving at least every two hours
Do not drink any alchohol before driving your car, it's not worth the risk
Driving whilst under the influence of alchohol or drugs
The only way to avoid these types of car accident, is not to do it - there is no such thing as a 'safe' level of drink or drugs when driving a vehicle on a public road. Always designate someone to drive who is not going to drink before going for a night out - or just take a taxi.
Speeding is not only illegal, it increases your chances of having a car accident significantly because the faster you go, the less time you have to react to any unexpected traffic situations. In addition to this, the higher your speed the more severe the injuries will be at the moment of impact. Drivers that fail to slow down in wet, icy or foggy weather conditions also greatly reduce their chances of avoiding potential hazards safely.
This is where someone drives in a selfish and inconsiderate manner. These types of drivers are a danger to anyone on the road, because they drive too fast, take unnessary risks and show no consideration for other road users.
If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault you may be able to claim compensation. Please give us a call us on 02392 484 244 or start your free claim enquiry online using the button below, and one of our experienced claims advisors will be happy to assist you.