Car accidents are scary, especially when they result in injuries. To prevent collisions from occurring, it’s good to know the common causes of them so you can stay vigilant.

Distracted Driving

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, driving distracted—the act of doing something that takes your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel—killed 3,142 people in 2020. Texting while driving is one of the most well-known examples of distracted driving, but it isn’t the only form of this dangerous activity. Eating, talking on the phone, doing your makeup, and changing the radio station are all types of distracted driving, as they take your mind and eyes away from the road, even if just for a few seconds. The NHTSA brings up a mind-opening point: if you’re driving at 55mph and look away from the road for five seconds, you’ve just driven the length of a football field without looking.

Drunk/Intoxicated Driving

While you may have never gotten behind the wheel while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, someone else will, and their reckless decision could end up causing serious injuries or even fatalities. Often times, this isn’t an intentional choice—many intoxicated drivers think they’re sober enough to get home safely, which is rarely the case. Being under the influence slows your reaction time and causes you to run red lights and speed, resulting in intense collisions.

Speeding/Reckless Driving

We’ve all been there—you’re late to work and don’t want to hit any red lights, so you push the speed limit a little. However, it’s better to risk being reprimanded for being late rather than risking your life or the lives of others on the road. When you speed, you lose those important few seconds of stopping time that could have prevented you from hitting another car. You can also take turns too fast, causing your vehicle to flip or run into a wall or other vehicle. Aggressive driving, like excessively changing lanes to always pass other cars, also results in bad collisions.

Poor Weather Conditions

Rain, snow, and ice make for rough driving conditions. It’s best to not go out on the road when the weather is dangerous, but if you have to, it’s important to drive slowly and carefully. But even when driving slow, you could still hit a slippery patch of ice or a large puddle, causing you to skid and hit another car. Drivers may have good intentions when driving in poor conditions, but that doesn’t mean you’re safe from getting into an accident.

We hope that you stay safe on the roads, and if you do get into a collision, we’re here to help. Crossroads Collision has been serving drivers in the Twin Cities area for over 39 years.