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Are you familiar with these causes of car accidents?

Every time you get behind the wheel of your car, it's important to take steps to enhance your safety. This starts with knowing the most common causes of car accidents, as this knowledge can help you avoid a bad situation.

Here are seven causes of car accidents, all of which you can protect against with the right strategy:

  • Distracted driving: All distractions, even one that doesn't appear to be a big deal, should be avoided when you're behind the wheel. This includes everything from texting to eating to conversing with passengers.
  • Drunk driving: Drunk driving is a leading cause of accidents in the United States, so it's best to avoid the road if you've been drinking. It only takes one drink to impair your judgment.
  • Speeding: Driving in excess of the speed limit is dangerous, as it makes it more difficult to control your vehicle and stop in a timely manner.
  • Reckless driving: There are many forms of reckless driving, such as excessive speeding, illegal passing and changing lanes without notice.
  • Inclement weather: For example, when heavy rain moves into the area, you need to slow down. If you don't, you could lose control of your vehicle.
  • Nighttime driving: Driving at night reduces visibility, which makes it that much more important to pay close attention to the road. The use of headlights and high beams, when appropriate, can help increase visibility.
  • Tailgating: Even when traffic is moving slowly, don't drive too closely to the vehicle in front of yours. Not only does this make it more difficult to stop abruptly, but it may anger the other driver.

It's important to protect against all these causes of car accidents, as doing so allows you to safely reach your destination.

The one thing you can't do is control the decisions that other drivers make. For example, someone may decide to text and drive on the highway, which could cause a multi-vehicle accident that results in injury and even fatalities.

If you're part of a car accident with a negligent driver, call 911 for help and then receive immediate medical treatment. When possible, contact your insurance company to file a claim and to better understand the steps you can take to hold the other driver responsible.

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