Unexpected Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

4 Surprising Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

We are all aware that factors such as speeding, drunk driving, and texting while driving can cause traffic accidents. However, there are other causes that are less common and therefore we often don’t think about them or prepare for them, but it is important that we are aware of them so that we can take the necessary precautions.

In this post, we will discuss four unexpected and lesser-known causes of traffic accidents:

  1. Road Design

Road design is essential to traffic safety, but most drivers rarely, if ever, think about it. When even the simplest element of road design, such as road signs or traffic signals, is damaged or not working, the risk of accidents increases significantly. Since faulty road design is not always obvious, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced car accident attorney if you are in a traffic accident so that they can properly investigate the facts and determine if there were any road design issues.

2. Maintenance

The safety of a car depends on how well it is maintained. If your car has any mechanical problems, such as faulty brakes or worn-out tires, it may increase the likelihood of an accident. Therefore, it is extremely important to take your car in for regular maintenance.

3. Wildlife

In California alone, there are more than 6,000 car accidents caused by wildlife each year, according to the California Highway Patrol. The majority of these accidents are caused by deer, but other animals are known to cause accidents, such as mountain lions, coyotes, and livestock. To reduce your risk of a collision with an animal, it is important to keep an eye out for wildlife crossings, especially in heavily wooded areas. In addition, you should be extra vigilant when driving at dusk and dawn, when wildlife tends to be more active (however, don’t assume that there will be no wildlife present during the daytime or nighttime).

4. Road Rage

When most of us hear the term road rage, we think of gunshots on the freeway or fights on the roadside. However, there are far less extreme examples of road rage and these acts can also cause serious traffic accidents. Drivers who lose their temper in traffic or accelerate aggressively to get around someone are at greater risk of an accident. If you are the victim of a road rage accident, it is important to immediately consult with an attorney to protect your legal rights.

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