Motor vehicle accidents are more common than many Georgia residents might think. Unfortunately, there are many factors that can cause them, and these are among the most common.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents. Even a simple glance at a cell phone to read a text can lead to a serious crash as it leads to three types of distraction: manual, cognitive and visual.

Drunk driving

When a driver gets behind the wheel drunk, it puts everyone on the road at risk of a car accident. Drunk driving kills on the average nearly 30 people per day across the country. If you go out and know you’ll be drinking, it’s better to leave your vehicle behind and find another way to get home or stay with a friend overnight. Designating a sober driver can also prevent a crash and save lives.

Reckless driving

Sadly, some drivers lack regard for others and engage in reckless driving behaviors. Things like tailgating, speeding, ignoring road signs and signals, switching lanes erratically and disregarding other people and property can significantly increase the chances of a car crash occurring. Reckless driving can leave victims with catastrophic injuries that are often fatal.

Drowsy driving

Drowsy driving has been shown to be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. When a person is fatigued while behind the wheel, it seriously impairs their ability to safely operate their vehicle. This greatly raises the risks of a car accident.

Poor weather conditions

Certain weather conditions can increase the risk of a car accident. Heavy rain, snow, sleet and fog can all contribute to slick, slippery roads and poor visibility. A driver could lose control of their vehicle and end up in an accident.