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5 Common Causes of Road Accidents


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Statistics from the Canadian Transportation Safety Board indicate that every year, close to 3000 people die in road accidents in Canada. Speak to any ICBC claims lawyer in Vancouver and he or she is sure to uphold this data, judging from the number of accident cases handled in a year. As more and more people purchase and drive their own vehicles, it is quite likely that this number may increase. Therefore, it is vital to keep in mind the most common causes of road accidents and take necessary steps to avoid costly errors.

Drunken Driving
Alcohol influences the way your brain perceives and interprets information and also has a negative impact on reflexes and muscular coordination. As a result, it can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Globally, alcohol is the major culprit when it comes to road accidents and Canada is no different.

Driving Errors
Driving safely is entirely in the hands of the person driving the vehicle; an error the driver makes is often the cause of a road accident. One of the most common of driving errors includes driving well over the allowed speed limits, especially in adverse weather conditions. Often, drivers speed because they are in a hurry to reach their destination although there are also cases of aggressive or reckless driving. Youngsters who do not have enough experience with driving are more likely to be in a dangerous car crash as compared to adult drivers who have been driving for much longer.

Cell Phone Use
In recent years, as staying connected with one’s network has become a global obsession, the use of cell phones has become one of the major causes of road accidents. Chatting, texting or connecting on social networks using a smart phone is obviously not the smart thing to do, because it distracts attention from the road, but this does not appear to deter people from doing so.

Not Wearing Seatbelts
When the car is moving, it may not be obvious, but you are moving, too. When the car gradually stops, your body stops moving too, and this is happens so simultaneously that it goes unnoticed. When the car collides with some other object, it stops abruptly, but your body continues to be in motion and this can cause you to be thrown around unless something is holding you in place. This is why wearing a seat belt is such a critical aspect of road safety.

When you are involved in a road accident, you may hire the best ICBC claims lawyer in Vancouver and manage to get the best possible settlement. However, this can never compensate for the pain and suffering you undergo when either you or someone you care about is injured or disabled or even worse, killed. Therefore, make sure you remember these five common causes of road accidents and do your best to avoid them.

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