Vehicle accidents are always an unwelcome fact of life for every driver out on the road. Each and every time you jump in behind the wheel, you can be in a collision. With the proper knowledge and knowing preventative measures, you can significantly reduce the likelihood that you’ll ever be involved in a fender bender.
To keep you safe out on the road, here is an overview from Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA that lists the three most common types of accidents/collisions that occur nationally:
Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of traffic accidents. A rear-end collision happens when a car fails to stop and collides with the trunk of the car in front of it. In most cases, rear-end collisions are caused by speeding and driver inattention. To reduce the overall risk of getting in a rear-end accident, it’s important to remain attentive to the roadway at all times.
“The main reason for rear-end collision is excessive speed, and that’s why many states are making penalties for speeding steeper,” NHTSA spokesperson Jesse Gonder said. “When you speed, your response time isn’t sufficient, and that’s why many drivers just can’t stop in time.
Parking Lot Fender Benders
Every day, accidents take place when a car hits another vehicle that is parked. In a very crowded or cramped parking lot, it’s important to pay attention to your surroundings as you drive. To help prevent a parking lot accident, it’s vital to find a parking spot that provides your vehicle with plenty of space.
“Small accidents in parking lots happen more than you could imagine,” Safety Expert Robert Arkin Howard said. “With new backup technology that consists of computers, cameras, and sensors, parking lot collisions should logically be fewer and fewer. But only time will tell.”
Inclement weather, such as rain, hail heavy winds, or snow, can greatly increase the chances of a vehicle accident. For instance, rainy road conditions can cause a car to hydroplane and skid off the road. Whenever you’re driving in the rain, it’s always essential to reduce your speed and avoid rapid braking or accelerating.
“Too many people try to drive through bad weather, and that if often a formula for tragedy,” Victor Shaw from AAA said. “If the weather makes driving dangerous, get off the road. Life is too short, so take the safe and sane approach and use common sense to stay in one piece while operating a vehicle in inclement weather.”
Sources: AAA and NHTSA