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Common Types of Car Accidents
Automobile accidents happen every day. Thousands of motorists and passengers are injured in car accidents. While you may not be able to completely avoid getting into an accident, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of one if you understand some common causes of collisions and strategies to avoid them. This article discusses the common causes of car accidents and some tips that you should know to help avoid them.
Rear End Car Accidents
Rear end car accidents happen when one car collides into the back of another car that is directly in front of it. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 28 percent of car accidents are rear end collisions. The smallest distraction can cause this type of accident, especially when there is traffic. To help avoid rear end accidents, it is best to always pay attention to your surroundings and not focus on anything that may distract you, such as talking on the phone, checking email, texting, playing with the radio station or dealing with your kids.
Side impact accidents, also commonly referred to as “T-bone” collisions, occur when one motorist fails to stop and collides into the side of another vehicle that has the right of way. These types of accidents are very dangerous because the side of a car has less space to absorb the impact and can thus result in serious injuries to the driver and passenger. In order to avoid T-bone accidents, it is important to follow the simple laws of the road, especially looking both ways for oncoming cars and obeying traffic lights and stop signs.
Collisions With Parked Cars
Accidents can occur anywhere, even while your car is parked. As a motorist, you can avoid hitting parked cars by being aware of your surroundings. It is important not to solely rely on your rearview mirrors or back up cameras before reversing. To avoid having your car hit while parked, you should not squeeze into tight parking spaces. If you had a difficult time getting into the spot, other drivers will also have a hard time maneuvering around your car and getting out.
Hydroplaning happens when you lose control of your car’s direction when the ground is wet. Despite what most people think, hitting the brakes can actually increase the chances of hydroplaning, especially during a bad rainstorm, because the stationary tire acts more like a water ski than one that is turning. To avoid hydroplaning, you should avoid speeding. In fact, it is best to go slower than the posted speed limit when the roads are wet and slick. By slowing down, it will be easier for your tires to connect with the ground. You should also have your tires regularly checked to ensure that the tracks are not worn out. Additionally, if you find yourself hydroplaning, do not stomp on your brakes. Instead apply steady pressure to allow your vehicle to slow down.
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