Some of the most common causes of crashes are obviously illegal. People know that drunk driving could lead to their arrest regardless of whether or not they cause a crash. Public awareness campaigns have also helped improve people’s understanding of how risky it can be to drive while using a mobile device.
Yet, even if someone avoids these two common and highly-dangerous behaviors, they might make other, smaller mistakes in traffic that could lead to a life-altering collision. These other violations can be so minor that people may think nothing of repeatedly breaking the following traffic laws. However, all three of the behaviors below can increase the likelihood of a major motor vehicle collision.
Speed limits exist to protect the public from severe collisions that could lead to injury or death. The limits imposed on different sections of roads tend to reflect the density of traffic and the local zoning. Those who regularly drive at speeds above the speed limit may be unable to stop their vehicles in time or properly maneuver when traffic circumstances change, leading to a preventable crash.
Those who speed often have a tendency to get too close to other vehicles in traffic. Particularly when they cannot pass another vehicle, they may tailgate. Tailgate involves driving far closer to the rear end of another vehicle than would be reasonable or safe. If someone stops abruptly, the person tailgating could very likely cause a crash by rear-ending them.
Not using turn signals
It only takes a fraction of a second to move the lever that illuminates the turn signals on a vehicle. Despite how simple and convenient it is to do so, many drivers consistently fail to use their turn signals. Turn signals exist to serve as an important form of communication in traffic. Other drivers can’t make the smartest and safest choices when they are unaware of what another driver intends to do. Those who fail to use their turn signals might set themselves up for a preventable collision when others misunderstand their intentions in traffic.
Someone who consistently complies with traffic laws can reduce their risk of causing and otherwise being involved in a crash. Those who notice bad behavior prior to a collision can provide details about someone tailgating, failing to use a turn signal or speeding to the police officer putting together the collision report.
Ultimately, knowing what tends to cause crashes can help people avoid collisions or better ensure that the right person bears responsibility for any wreck that does occur.