5 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

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Car accidents are the most common types of claim that our experienced road traffic accident solicitors face daily. Cars get in the most accidents on the UK roads, which makes us question, what causes car accidents? If you read this article, you will find the answer.

Driver Failing to look

The most common cause of car accidents in the UK is the driver failing to look properly, to see if there are any dangers before manoeuvring, or at roundabouts and junctions. Drivers need to check all around the car, including the blind spot when performing any manoeuvre such as parking or reversing. It is also essential that drivers check their mirrors and blind spots when turning or slowing down or on junctions. Failing to look consisted of 39.9% of the causes of all accidents.

Driver failing to judge the speed of path 

Failing to judge the speed of another vehicle is a common cause of accidents. These usually involve a car and a motorcycle. Due to their size, they look like they may be travelling slower than they are, causing motor vehicles to pull out in front of them causing accidents.

When vehicles fail to indicate which way they are going. This can be extremely dangerous to other vehicles and pedestrians. Vehicles must use their indicators correctly and ensure that it is done at a good time to avoid misinterpretation and risks of accidents. Failing to judge the speed or path consisted of 21.2% of the causes of road traffic accidents in the UK.

Reckless and Careless Driving 

Careless and reckless driving can fall under a range of driving behaviour categories. Careless driving is defined as driving under the expected minimum standard of driving. This behaviour includes using a phone whilst driving, careless overtaking, sudden stopping and failing to indicate. These kinds of behaviours can pose dangers and hazards to other drivers, causing accidents. Reckless and Careless driving consisted of 15.5% of causes of accidents in the UK.

Poor turn or manoeuvre

It is remarkably crucial that when driving and manoeuvring, drivers slow down to a safe speed. When going around bends, drivers should always assure to keep to a safe speed to avoid cutting corners and going to the other side of the road. When manoeuvring, drivers must check all around their car, including their blind spot, to ensure that they do not hit anything else that may be present on the road. This consisted of 13% of the causes of road traffic accidents in the UK.

Loss of control 

This is usually caused by failing to get to a safe speed when turning and losing control of the car. Lack of control is ordinarily caused by trying to perform tasks whilst driving too fast. Drivers must reach the correct speed before doing things like; turning or changing lanes to avoid losing control. This behaviour caused 10.9% of accidents in the UK.

Have you been hurt in a road traffic accident? 

These are just the most common causes of road traffic accidents in the UK. The causes of road traffic accidents can be never-ending. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, no matter the cause, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland.

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