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Common causes of car accidents in California

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

According to Statista, there were over 21 million licensed drivers in the state of California in 2021.

With so many motorists on the road, it is no surprise that car accidents are a common occurrence. Reducing the number of accidents each year begins with understanding the primary causes behind them.

Excessive speed

California’s scenic landscapes often tempt drivers to exceed speed limits. This reduces reaction time and increases the severity of accidents. To prevent a collision, stay within the speed limits and adjust yours according to current road and weather conditions.

Driver distraction

Despite strict laws against using mobile devices while driving, many Californians continue to engage in these dangerous activities. Texting, making calls or adjusting in-car entertainment systems distract a driver’s attention from the road. Avoid doing this by ensuring that your focus remains on driving.

Wrong-way driving

Accidents often occur when drivers cross over into oncoming traffic. Whether due to impaired judgment, confusion or an attempt to pass slower vehicles, driving on the wrong side of the road can result in a head-on collision. Ensure you are driving in the correct lane at all times, and be aware of road signs and signals.

Hazardous turns

Making improper turns at intersections or driveways is another common cause of accidents. Failing to yield the right of way or misjudging the actions of other drivers can also lead to dangerous situations. To reduce the chances of a possible collision, use your signals and be sure to check for oncoming traffic before making a turn.

Right-of-way disregard

Drivers who disregard the right-of-way rules contribute to countless accidents each year. Instead of doing this, yield when required, and when you have the right-of-way, proceed cautiously, watching for other drivers who may not yield as expected.

Disregarding traffic signals

Disregarding traffic signals is not only illegal but also endangers the safety of everyone on the road. Rolling through stop signs or running red lights can lead to T-bone collisions, rear-end accidents and pedestrian injuries. To avert an accident, do your part by obeying traffic signals.

Safe driving practices are not only a responsibility but also a contribution to a safer and more enjoyable driving experience.