The Risk of Driving a Car in America

National studies have shown that there are a number of factors that contribute to the many car accidents that take place in this country every year. These factors include driver behaviour, or poor choices made by a driver. Excessive vehicle speed also leads to many automobile accidents. Any driver impairment can contribute to accidents. Physical impairments like poor vision, old age, lack of sleep, drinking alcohol or taking drugs can keep a driver from performing at their best. In some circumstances road design may lead to accidents, if the road engineering has a significant safety flaw. Finally, vehicle design and maintenance can also be a factor in car accidents. Anything that impairs the handling of a car could be an issue. Some vehicles are more prone to tipping over on curves at high speed, due to their physical design. Worn brakes or tires can also contribute to a crash.

Special Risks of Teen Driving

The leading cause of death for teens between 15 and 19 years of age in the United States is automobile accidents. Teens are more likely to be inexperienced drivers, so unusual or stressful driving situations pose an high risk for their level of driving knowledge. They may not know how to steer out of a slide on ice, for example, because they just have not had much practice doing that. Another element of risk is that a teen is also much more likely than a more mature driver to be distracted at the wheel. Cell phones, texting, working the car radio or chatting with passengers can draw a teen driver’s attention away from the road and lead to accidents. Teens also tend to be risk-takers, and think nothing bad could ever happen to them. This also leads to unsafe practices behind the wheel .

Reduce Your Risk

Taking additional safety measures can reduce the number and severity of crashes. Avoid distractions when driving. Put away your cell phone. Have a safety check performed at the car dealership before heading out for a long trip. Airbags and antilock brakes are safety features to look for when buying a car.

Please drive safely. This information is not intended to be construed as legal advice.

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