It doesn't take much for one to realize that there is
possibility for injury all around you when you drive a car. One mistake on your
end or on someone else’s could lead to serious pain – whether physical or
financial. As long as you have constant vigilance on the road, you should be
able to stay safe from these five most common car crash incidents.
Most Common Car Crash Incidents
If you’re going to drive, it’s good practice to know what situations
even the best drivers sometimes find themselves in. That way you will know
exactly how to avoid situations like them in the future.
Fender benders are so common they’re seen as practically a
rite of passage. They are by far the most common crash incident at 25 percent. This
could come from something as simple as the person behind you at the light
thinks or sees it change color before you do and they don’t realize you haven’t
moved. Or even worse, you could just accidentally back up into a tree. Either
way, it’s almost not worth the money it would take to fix it, especially since
your insurance is bound to go up.
The next most common incident comes in at 19 percent –
collisions at intersections, usually with a vehicle coming from the left or
right. Stop signs and right-of-ways are taught in driver’s education, but some
drivers like to follow their own rules, blinkers be damned. This leads to
confusion on the road and “accidents” which could have been avoided if all the
rules were obeyed.
Even worse than a hit from the side is a head-on collision,
which clocks in at 17 percent as the third most common type of car collision. These
incidents are more common when turning at night without lights on. Once again,
this is easily avoidable as long as all the rules of the road are obeyed and
you keep constant vigilance.
Numbers four and five are tied at 14 percent and are very
similar – one involves running off the road and hitting an object on a curve,
and the other is the same but while on a straight section of road. This is
sometimes done to avoid hitting something else in the road, such as an animal
or other object. Sometimes it’s something even worse, like an oncoming car. If
it’s dark outside it’s hard to tell if you will be crashing into something else
off the road, but it’s important to stay aware of all of your surroundings.
This only accounts for 75 percent of car collision incidents
on the road, while 25 percent can be any number of different scenarios.
How to Avoid Crashing
There’s no denying that car collisions are ugly – especially
when they unnecessarily take a life. The best way to avoid any incidents on the
road is to stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Never distract
yourself by drinking, texting, or eating while you drive. Anything that could
take away one of your hands from the wheel should be avoided.
Common Mistakes Made After a Car Crash
If you are in an accident, there are a few things you need
to be sure to do immediately afterward. Here are few of the most commonly
If you’re in a collision and think you’re fine, think again.
The shock will probably give you enough adrenaline at the moment to forget any
pain in the moment, but you’ll be feeling the whiplash tomorrow. Unfortunately,
tomorrow is too late. Get medical attention as soon as possible and you can
avoid any misunderstandings with the insurance company for your claim.
Be careful of what you say. Even if you think it was your
fault, don’t admit it to the police. They will determine who was at fault. Be
sure to also take pictures of your vehicle, but don’t post them on social
media. Without the pictures it will be more difficult to prove your case, but
once you've posted statements on social media insurance companies will try to
use it against you.
The best thing to do after a car collision is to let the
professionals do their jobs. Take precautions to make sure the same incident
doesn't happen again, and you’ll find yourself a better driver for it.