What Are The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?
Common Causes of Car Accidents in South Florida
Driver FatigueDriver fatigue causes car accidents and injuries in Florida every day. When you drive sleep-deprived for many hours, the effects can be as serious as drunk driving. While drunk drivers are often aware of their impaired condition, fatigue can strike suddenly and unexpectedly, causing drivers to drift across the highway or to fail to stop when traffic slows down ahead of them.
Poor Weather ConditionsHeavy rain causes numerous accidents every year. However, drivers who cause accidents cannot get away with blaming the weather. Wrecks in poor weather conditions are usually caused by drivers who failed to properly adapt to the conditions. Drivers are not used to the challenges of bad weather. They often drive too fast for the conditions or brake too hard, sending their cars into a skid. Drivers fail to look out for the telltale conditions associated with bad weather or don’t increase following distances in a rainstorm. According to the Federal Highway Administration, bad weather is a factor in as many as one in five accidents. Although most accidents in bad weather are caused by poor driving, bad weather causes injuries and deaths in its own right.
TailgatingKeeping a safe following distance is one of the most important rules of defensive driving. It is also the most commonly broken rule. Experts say you should keep a minimum of at least two seconds, ideally three, between you and the car in front of you in dry weather. If you don’t even get to two before your vehicle passes the object you chose, you are traveling too closely. The following distance should be doubled to at least four seconds in poor weather like rain, ice, fog or snow.