Vehicle accidents can cost more than just the damage to your car; they can result in severe injury or death to you or others on the road. There are approximately 160,000 car accidents in Canada each year, with 2,800-2,900 resulting in death.
All drivers must understand the many potential causes of car accidents, as they can help prevent them from occurring and keep the roads safer for everyone. Listed below are a few common causes of motor vehicle accidents to consider:
1. Drugged Driving
Alcohol is not the only hazardous, accident-causing substance. Drugs like opioids, marijuana, and even prescription medications can impair drivers’ reaction times and lead to drowsiness behind the wheel. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an average of 4 Canadians are killed, and 175 are injured in crashes that involve impairments such as drugged or drunk driving.
Speeding is a common issue among most drivers. Some drive between 10-30 mph over the speed limit, while others race down the highway with no regard for themselves or other drivers. Remember that speeding automatically slows your reaction time, which can be a problem when it’s time to hit the brakes.
3. Dangerous Weather Conditions
The weather is one thing drivers cannot control, but it’s essential to know what’s going on outside before hitting the road. Rain, snow, ice, and wind can all affect how your car moves on the road. Be sure to keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles around you during inclement weather.
4. Drunk Driving
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a recipe for disaster, as alcohol can severely impact a driver’s ability to focus and make decisions. Driving while intoxicated increases also can impair vision and hearing. Always plan to have a designated driver when you know you’ll be drinking.
5. Distracted Driving
Drivers are more distracted than ever these days, and it’s causing a shocking amount of serious motor vehicle accidents. Some of the most common distractions include:
- Talking or texting on a cellphone
- Eating or drinking
- Reaching or looking for things inside the vehicle
- Adjusting internal controls or music
- Talking to other passengers
- Zoning out
Accidents and traffic tickets happen every day in Hamilton and around the world. However, there are times when the accident is not your fault, and the violation is unwarranted. In some cases, you may need a driving defence lawyer who can represent you to help dispute tickets and protect your driving record.