According to the website of the legal team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, vehicular accidents affect millions of people in the United States every year. In fact, a statistics provided by the Association for Safe International Travel revealed that 2.35 million are left injured or disabled following a road crash annually, and approximately 37,000 people are killed. Along with the growing need for the use of automobiles in our everyday lives comes the doubling of the risk and danger to the safety of the people. We are all aware of the most common causes of car accidents—drunkenness, distractions, speeding, recklessness, and overall negligence. So, what about the least obvious factors that contributes to a crash?
When it comes to weather conditions, black ice, or clear ice, proves to be dangerous to drivers on the road. Black ice is the presence of a thin coat of ice on the road. While it isn’t colored black, the transparency of the ice often tricks the naked eye, and drivers mistake it for black road. Its invisibility may lead to the skidding of the vehicle due to the loss of force, and it may eventually lead to an accident.
Another less obvious cause of a car accident is potholes. When a vehicle drives over a pothole, there is a tendency of losing control because of the sudden change in the movement. The tires may also be torn apart when driving over potholes.
The lack of anticipation is also a problem for drivers. Knowledgeable drivers should always be anticipative of multiple vehicles in front and at the back. The focus should not solely be on the vehicle in front, since there may be cases where adjustments should be made. For example, a vehicle, which is two cars away from yours, made an abrupt stop and the cars behind it were tailgating. Now, those three cars have higher chance of crashing onto each other, but if one is anticipative and observant, it provides more time (even a few seconds) to think about the situation and what to do next in order to avoid an accident.
Needless to say, there are many other factors that lead to car accidents. More often than not, there is always someone at fault, and if you find yourself in a similar situation, it might be best to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer.