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5 of the Most Common Reasons for Accidents on the Road

Driving_07222014Traffic accidents happen every day. Some of them are minor, and some of them result in serious injuries that can have long-lasting, devastating consequences. The reasons for these accidents vary, but a large percentage of them are preventable if drivers are better informed and make better choices on the road.

When we look at the causes for traffic accidents, some patterns start to emerge. A handful of factors continue to be at the root of many serious accidents. Let's take a look at some of the most common reasons for accidents on the road:

Distracted Driving

Talking on a cell phone. Texting. Putting on makeup. Brushing hair. Eating. Changing the channel on the radio. Talking to other people in the car. All of these distractions account for a large percentage of accidents on the road each year. "Rubber necking" at other accidents and reading while driving also account for a significant percentage of distracted driving accidents.

Drivers must eliminate distractions whenever possible in the car. Leave personal tasks such as grooming or eating until you get to your destination. Use a hands-free phone if you absolutely must make a call while you are driving. Never text while driving. Always keep your eyes on the road when you are behind the wheel.

If a task can't wait, pull to the side of the road or make a stop.

TiredDriver_07182014Driver Fatigue

Most of us wish there were more hours in the day, and we push ourselves to fill the time we do have by getting as much done as possible. However, when we start burning the midnight oil to try to get more accomplished, we short ourselves on sleep and put ourselves and others in danger when we get behind the wheel.

Late-night and third-shift workers may also drive home exhausted, leaving them vulnerable to making mistakes on the road - possibly even falling asleep behind the wheel. Fatigue can also be a problem for drivers on long-distance trips.

Make sure you are always well-rested before you drive, and pull over to rest or take a break if you start to feel drowsy.

Aggressive Driving

Some drivers get a false sense of invincibility on the road and drive more aggressively than is safe. Speeding, following too close, improper lane changes, and quick turns are just a few of the unsafe practices that can fall under the classification of aggressive driving.

Always follow traffic safety rules when you are behind the wheel. Don't let frustration with other drivers or impatience to reach your destination affect the choices you make. Acting on impulse and engaging in aggressive driving could result in a serious accident that could leave you or others with serious injuries (or worse).

Weather

Sometimes, conditions on the road are beyond your control. Heavy rain, hail, or snow can make driving conditions less safe by reducing your visibility, making the road slick, or causing unexpected debris on the roadway.

To keep yourself and other drivers safe on the road during inclement weather, practice extra caution when you are behind the wheel. Reduce your speed as necessary, increase your following distance, or pull off the road if needed. Also be sure that your vehicle is always in top condition, with working wipers, quality tires, and sound brakes.

Driving Under the Influence

The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have been well-documented, but it continues to be a cause of a significant number of accidents each year. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are out and have been drinking, call a cab or ask a friend or family member to drive you home.

With more education about these common causes of traffic accidents, drivers can learn to make better choices that greatly reduce their risk of getting into serious accidents that can lead to serious injury to themselves or others on the road.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.

10 Ways to Stay Safe on the Road

 Many accidents can be avoided if all drivers practice safe driving tips on the road. While you can't control what other drivers are doing, you can increase your safety by being more mindful of your own behaviors.

Here are 10 ways that you can stay safe on the road so you can reduce your risks of being involved in an automobile accident:

Wear Your Seat Belt

Even if you're only driving 10 minutes to the store around the corner, put on your seat belt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seat belts can reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent. Air bags are not an adequate substitute for seat belts.

Speedometer2_07212014Follow the Speed Limit

Don't be tempted to put the pedal to the metal when you're in a rush. Speeding greatly increases your risk of an accident - either with another car or as a result of losing control of your vehicle. Stay within the posted speed limit and make sure you get to your destination safely.

Follow Traffic Rules

Driving rules have been established for a reason: They help keep you safe. Make sure you practice safe driving rules, including maintaining a proper following distance, stopping at all posted signs and lights, ceding the right-of-way, and more.

Text&Drive3_07032014Don't Talk on Your Phone or Text

You may think that you can handle taking a call while driving, but doing so greatly increases your risks of getting into an accident. Texting while driving is even more dangerous as it takes your eyes off the road and your hand off the wheel. Turn off your phone and wait to return calls and texts until you are safely parked.

Don't Put on Makeup While Driving

Many of us try to multi-task when we're in a rush. It's tempting to grab your makeup and try to put it on while you're on the way to work. However, putting on makeup while driving is dangerous as it greatly increases your risks of getting into an accident.

Don't Eat While Driving

Fast food restaurants seem to have been designed to encourage eating on-the-go. However, if you need to hit a drive through on the way home or the way to work, make sure you don't eat your meal until you reach your destination. Eating while driving is another form of distracted driving, and it can increase your risk of getting into an accident.

Map Your Route Ahead of Time

Trying to fiddle with a map or even a GPS device can distract your attention while driving and take your hand off the wheel, increasing your risk of an accident. Plan your route ahead of time by marking it clearly on a map or loading it up on a GPS before you leave.

Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

Engine problems, tire blowouts, and other malfunctions can cause potentially deadly accidents - especially if they happen at high speeds on the highway. Make sure your car is properly maintained by regularly checking the tires, belts, plugs, and fluids.

Make Sure You Are Well-Rested

Driving while you are sleep-impaired is almost as dangerous as driving while you are drunk. It reduces your response time and makes it harder for you to navigate safely on the road. Make sure you are well-rested each time you get behind the wheel, no matter how short the trip.

DrinkingandDriving_07222014Don't Drive While Impaired

Finally, it is important that you never drive while you are drunk or otherwise impaired. You present a real danger to yourself and other drivers when you drive while impaired. Always get a designated driver or hire a taxi if you are impaired.

Practicing these basic safe driving tips will help reduce your chances of being in an accident when you are on the road, keeping yourself and other drivers safe.

If you have been in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer a free evaluation of your case.

Rural Counties in North Carolina “Killing Grounds” for Automobile Accidents, AAA Says

 AAA Carolinas released its annual report of the most dangerous roads in North Carolina, and it found that rural counties had the most fatal crashes, calling those places "killing grounds" for automobile accidents.

Helicopter Car Accident_06082014The annual report is based on a comparison of miles driven and the number of deadly North Carolina car accidents that occur. The report also provides results for the types of vehicles driven, including motorcycles and tractor trailers.

Clay County was determined to be the most dangerous for fatal crashes. Rounding out the top five were Graham, Hyde, Robeson and Hertford counties.

Those five counties accounted for 5.4 percent of the state's total fatal crashes, yet only accounted for 2 percent of the miles driven in the state.

Drivers in Graham County were determined to have the highest risk of being in an injurious crash. Rounding out the top five were New Hanover, Pitt, Wayne and Cumberland counties.

"Rural counties have roads that are generally narrower, with more curves, lower shoulders, faded or nonexistent road markings and less police presence than major highways," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. "These roads are notorious for single-vehicle accidents involving speeding, drinking and younger drivers."

Officials with the N.C. Highway Patrol said they were trying to increase patrols in areas known to be problematic and were working with the N.C. Department of Transportation to improve roads and lower speed limits in those areas.

This is the third straight year that rural counties have topped the list for having the most dangerous roads. However, the news was not all bad for rural counties: Some also topped the list for safest counties.

Swain County was determined to be the safest for total number of crashes and number of injurious crashes, and Yancey County was considered safest for fatal crashes.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you!

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