Four Common Causes of Phoenix Car Accidents

If you live in the Phoenix area, you may be curious to know what causes most car accidents. There are many reasons for Phoenix car accidents, but it seems that the majority of them are caused by one of five things

1) Distracted Driving

When driving in Phoenix, it’s very easy to get distracted by other things. It is estimated that between 20 and 50 percent of all auto accidents are a result of distracted driving. The major distractions are texting, gawking at an accident, driver fatigue, looking at scenery, attending to children or other passengers, adjusting the radio or CD player, and reading. Cell phones hazards are quickly rising as well. It is estimated that more than 85 percent of approximately 100 million cell-phone owners talk on their phones regularly while driving. The answer to this problem is to always keep your eyes on the road when you are behind the wheel.

2) Speeding

Speeding is a common problem of car accidents. Sadly, the faster someone is driving, the greater the danger and damage that will result. People are always in a hurry and it often takes a ticket or accident to slow them down. By following simple speed limits and being alert, you can avoid being a reckless driver.

3) Driver Fatigue

Each year, accidents are caused by fatigued drivers. This is most common between the hours of 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. when most people are in bed. Driver fatigue can include signs such as yawning, droopy eyelids, wandering into other lanes, unexplainable changes in speed, feeling nervous or irritable, or daydreaming. Make certain that you get plenty of sleep when you are going to be driving, and pull over if you get too sleepy or begin to lose your concentration.

4) Weather

Bad weather in sunny Phoenix is unusual. However, because the weather is usually so nice, people often don’t know how to drive in areas that are flooded,  foggy, or where large gusts of wind or dust blow through the area. Any time you can’t see, pull off to the side of the road. Also, if the weather is inclement, be sure to allow for more driving time.

 

Sources:

http://www.centurycouncil.org/drunk-driving/drunk-driving-fatalities-national-statistics
http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/07/20/the-6-most-common-causes-of-automobile-crashes.htm
http://www.holidaypoint.com.au/5-most-common-causes-of-car-accidents-to-avoid/