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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 forgotten ones:

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. 

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