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Prevention is Key: Five Common Reasons for Car Accidents

Car accidents can be devastating, especially when other people are involved. But no matter the severity—small or large—no one wants to be in a car crash and deal with the consequences after. Even a seemingly small fender bender can result in headaches and lengthy phone calls to your insurance company, as well as potentially being without a car during repairs.

Surprisingly, over 90% of car accidents are caused by human error. Although this statistic may sound bad, it means there is a lot you can do to prevent collisions on the road. Our attorneys at Mickey Keenan, P.A. put together a list of five common reasons for auto accidents; and we’ll tell you how to help prevent them from happening.

driver swerving on the road

Driving at Night

Did you know that nearly half of all fatal car accidents happen at night? There are many reasons for this, but the most common reasons are that drivers tend to be less alert.

Traffic may be lighter so they don’t tend to be as much of a defensive driver as they may be during the day, or they may be exhausted after a long day of work.

Auto Accident Prevention Tips:

Speeding

This one seems obvious—no one should be speeding as it is against the law. No matter what reason you may think you have, speeding is extremely dangerous and shouldn’t be done.

Speeding has been a contributing factor to over 25% of fatal accidents for the last 13 years. Drivers that speed have less control over their car and when a crash does occur there is more property damage and bodily harm sustained due to the higher speeds of impact.

Auto Accident Prevention Tips:

Weather Conditions

Although Florida is known as the Sunshine State, it does have its share of rain—whether it’s a summer shower, a tropical storm, or just hazy outside. Between heavy rain and fog obstructing a driver’s vision and wet roads, poor weather conditions are known to cause a lot of car accidents.

When the weather is bad, we suggest that drivers:

Rear-end Collisions

One of the most common auto insurance claims is for rear-end collisions. Whether you are the driver who hits the car in front of you, or you are the driver who gets hit by the vehicle behind you, both accidents are avoidable.

Consider these tips when driving to avoid rear-end collisions:

Backing Collisions

Accidents happen to the best of us, especially when you are backing out of a parking spot or your driveway. Because this maneuver puts you in a venerable position, it’s important to be extra careful and follow these tips:

Auto Accident Prevention Tips:

police officers addressing a car accident

When a Car Accident Does Occur, Contact Mickey Keenan, P.A.

With 15 million Florida drivers on the road, it is not always possible to prevent a car accident, even if you are following all the proper precautions.

If you are injured during a car accident, make sure you contact the attorneys at Mickey Keenan, P.A. Our attorneys know how to help their clients receive maximum compensation while restoring their health and life. Call us today at 813-871-1300 for a free consultation.