Auto Accidents Causes & Prevention

Auto accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury in the United States. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in auto accidents, and millions more are injured. In order to reduce your risk of being involved in an auto accident, it is important to understand the causes of auto accidents and take preventive measures. This blog post will discuss the most common causes of auto accidents and offer tips for avoiding them.

1. Rear-end collision

A rear-end collision is a type of car accident that most often occurs when one vehicle hits the back of another vehicle. These accidents can be relatively minor, but they can also cause serious injuries. 


Keep a safe distance. It's always a good idea to stay at least three seconds behind the car in front of you. This gives drivers more time should they need it. In times of bad weather, expect heavy traffic, so make sure to extend your stopping distance.

Drive strategically. Avoid situations that may prompt you to suddenly use your brakes. If a car is following you too closely, there is a chance that you can be rear-ended.

Avoid distractions. Never take your eyes off the road. If there is a need for you to check something, you can pull over to check but never do this while driving. IF there is a driver in front of you who suddenly stops, it will only take less than a second to be rear-ended.

Do not drive under the influence or if you have taken sedating medications. It is always a safe practice to drive with a clear head. Anything that might affect your rational thinking should be avoided if you are going to drive.

2. Head-on crash

A head-on collision (also called a front-end collision) is a type of car accident that happens when the front ends of two vehicles collide. This is considered to be one of the most dangerous types of accidents, and it can lead to serious injuries or death. 


Keep a minimum speed limit. Avoid going over the speed limit regardless of the road being empty, especially at night. When you are driving at top speed, there is a lesser time for you to avoid incoming vehicles heading straight at you. 

Be more cautious on low visibility weather. Drive slowly and be more observant if there is a thick fog; this is both to prevent any form of collision and to minimize the impact should a collision happen.

Avoid driving when under the influence or after taking sedating medications.

3. Single-vehicle Accidents

Losses involving one vehicle can be caused by collisions with road barriers, debris, or animals, as well as rollovers or accidents when traveling off-road. 


Focus on the road when driving

Avoid driving too fast

Drive at a speed that is just right for the weather

4. Sideswipe

A sideswipe car accident happens when a driver of one vehicle moves into the lane on an adjacent shoulder and collides with it. This typically occurs because they're driving too quickly to swerve back into their original path or if there aren't enough warning signs before making such an adjustment in speed.


Remain on the same lane as much as possible. 

When changing lanes, do not rush and use your signals.

Drive carefully on an icy road to avoid slipping.

Check for any blind spots when changing lanes.



Avoiding any major auto accident is a matter of safety, so make sure to pay attention when behind the wheel and avoid distractions, wear a seatbelt at all times (even if it's not mandatory in some states), and stay within the speed limit. Car accidents can be fatal and can cause severe consequences hence they should never be taken lightly.

If you have experienced car accidents and need help with injury treatment or rehabilitation, Belden Village Chiropractic & Wellness Center can help. Schedule your consultation now!






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