Car accidents are far from rare. In 2017 alone, 170,993 people were injured and 1,793 were killed. That works out at around 468 fatalities a day. But there are all sorts of different car accidents and they’re caused by different factors. Here are the five most common types of accidents…
Low Speed Car Accidents
When you think of a car accident, you tend to think of irresponsible drivers with a need for speed. But just as many occur at low speeds. Whether it’s not paying attention on a car park or driving around narrow streets, there’s still plenty of opportunities for a crash. In addition, whilst a low speed collision might not be the end of the world for vehicles, they can still be fatal for pedestrians and cyclists. Many of them take place whilst drivers are reversing. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and not become lax whilst travelling at low speeds.
Changing lanes is a regular occurrence for all drivers, regardless of what sorts of roads they use. As it naturally involves pulling out in front of other vehicles, it can cause large numbers of accidents. It’s crucial to remember to conduct mirror checks before making a change and to indicate in good time. Bear in mind that you’ll always have a ‘blind spot’, too, so even large vehicles can be missed!
T-Bone And Cross-Traffic
T-Bone accidents are one of the most common form of car accidents. They occur at intersections and junctions where traffic overlaps. They’re usually caused by drivers running red lights or not looking before making a turn. Most of these accidents are caused by driver negligence. Make sure to be extra vigilant when travelling across intersections and when facing overlapping traffic.
Single Vehicle Crashes
Not every crash involves a vehicle colliding with another. Many of them simply involve a single driver losing control of their vehicle. Whether it’s driving straight off of a road or colliding with barriers, it’s easy done if motorists fail to pay proper attention. They’re often the product of overreactions, especially late braking or over-steering. Another factor is poor weather conditions. Many drivers fail to adapt to them and drive as they usually would.
Rear End Collisions
Highways England is currently running its ‘Space Invader’ campaign. This is an attempt raise awareness of the risks associated with tailgating; that is to say, driving too closely to the vehicle in front. Not only is this intimidating for the drive ahead of you, but it also leaves you with insufficient braking and reaction time. Whilst they’re not the most damaging of car accidents (usually) they’re typically easily avoided. Leave a two-second gap between yourself and vehicles that are ahead of you.
The Most Confusing Road Signs In The UK (And What They Mean): https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/most-confusing-road-signs/
The Top Five Most Dangerous Roads In The World: http://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/top-five-dangerous-roads-world/