Car accidents occur extremely often. As a result, it is important to know how they occur, and therefore, what to avoid. Read on to learn more about the most common causes of car accidents.

Driving while drowsy or fatigued

It is no secret that driving tired can be extremely dangerous. This can lead to things like highway hypnosis, or drivers falling asleep behind the wheel.

Texting while driving

Texting while driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States. Checking your phone, even to use your GPS can be a serious distraction.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Driving while under the influence is incredibly dangerous. As a result, a DWI charge in New York carries heavy consequences.

Driving aggressively or recklessly

When driving, it is important to work with the other drivers on the road. As drivers, we take cues from each other. For example, when you see the cars ahead of you begin to break, you know to slow down. As a result, driving too aggressively and failing to comply with other drivers can cause accidents.

Eating, drinking, or smoking while driving

Eating in the car may not seem like a big deal. After all, it feels normal to stop at a drive-thru and continue on your way, especially if you are in a hurry. But this can mean taking your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and just being generally distracted. Some studies have shown that eating, drinking, or smoking while driving is just as dangerous as texting and driving.

Excessively speeding

Driving above the speed limit can make it difficult or even impossible to break in time. This behavior leads to a lot of rear-end accidents.

Failing to comply with traffic lights, signs, and other rules of the road

One of the most dangerous things you can do is ignore traffic lights and signs. Speeding through a stop sign, or driving through a red light can lead to a life-altering accident. It is important to be vigilant and follow all rules of the road.

If you have been injured in a car accident in New York City, you will need the help of an experienced attorney. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.

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