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Many people do not realize how dangerous it can be to drive a car. A car accident can lead to serious injuries and death. There are many things that can cause a car accident. If you know what the most common causes of car accidents are, then you will have a better idea of what you can do in order to avoid them. 

Distracted Driving

You have to keep your eyes and attention on the road at all times. An accident can occur in a split second, so you cannot multitask while you are driving. You do not want to eat, text, apply makeup, groom yourself or read while you are behind the wheel. 

Speeding

Speeding is a common problem because many people are in a rush to get to where they are going. Many drivers go 10, 20 or 30 miles over the speed limit. However, it is important for you to drive the speed limit. Speeding increases the risk of a car accident by slowing down your reaction time. Furthermore, you are more likely to be seriously injured in an accident if you speed. 

Drunk Driving

Alcohol makes it harder for you to focus. It also makes it harder for you to function properly. It is extremely dangerous to get behind the wheel of a car after you have been drinking. If you go out and drink, then you will need to hire a designated driver. You can also take a taxi, Uber or Lyft home. Driving intoxicated can lead someone injured which can change their life forever. If you have been hit by a drunk driver contact a professional like Todd East Attorney at Law.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is defined as driving without any regard for the rules of the road. Speeding, changing lanes quickly and driving aggressively can be classified as reckless driving. You will need to remain calm and take your time while driving. This can help you avoid reckless driving. 

Rain

Rain makes car accidents more likely because it makes the roads slick. The rain can also make it harder for the driver to brake. Additionally, rain increases the chances of skidding and running off of the road. It is important to drive 10 miles slower than you normally would if it rains. 

There is a possibility that you can get into a car accident any time that you get behind the wheel of a car. However, many car accidents are avoidable. Distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving and rain are the top causes of car accidents.

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