St. Louis is known for being one of the most congested cities in the state. There are more than 315,000 people who call this area home. So, it is no wonder that the roadways are overcrowded with so many people driving each day. No matter what brand of car a person drives, there is no safety when drivers are driving dangerous or going at high rates of speed. For those who are curious, here are the 10 most common reasons for a vehicle collision.
1. Distracted Driving
From cell phones to putting on makeup, people use their car as more than just a method of transportation. Many men that shave on the way to work, or women who put on their makeup, may want to focus more on the roads and less on hygiene. Then, there is the mother who has screaming kids, who need snacks and bottles. All these distractions can lead to a major accident.
2. Going Too Fast
It is easy to lose control of a car when a person is going at a high speed. Most accidents occur at lower rates of speed, but that is because most people hit the brakes to slow down before the collision. When a vehicle is traveling at high rates of speed, the passengers are less likely to come out alive.
3. Driving Under The Influence
According to the CDC, there is a death every 53 minutes from a car accident where drugs or alcohol is to blame. That is 28 people every day. Driving under the influence can also include prescription medications.
4. Reckless Operation
Drivers that tailgate, drive too fast, and change lanes often, are usually the cause of a crash. The traffic laws are in place for a reason. Those who break the laws put themselves and others at risk. For more information about the various traffic laws in your state we recommend visiting the website of Sansone Sumner & Lauber.
5. Inclement Weather
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are an estimated 5,748,000 car accidents each year. Surprisingly, more than 1,259 of those accidents, or 22 percent, are caused by the weather. During inclement weather, visibility, as well as road conditions, can be compromised. Even rain can cause a glare on the road and make driving difficult.
6. Falling Asleep At The Wheel
Life is busy. So many people keep going even when they should be staying at home resting. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of people fall asleep at the wheel. These incidents almost always cause an accident, even if just a single car collision.
7. Animal Crossings
While the inner part of the city does not have to worry about this too much, those in the rural parts may have more of an issue. Animals love to get in the path of a moving vehicle. Whether it is a deer or a dog does not matter, these animals can cause some serious damage.
8. Driving The Wrong Way
Going down a one-way street or freeway the wrong way is big trouble. Sometimes, people who are new to the area are confused about the traffic flow. Heading down a street or freeway the wrong way can end in a catastrophic accident.
Drivers need to get two vehicle lengths between them and the vehicle in front of them. However, when a person is constantly riding the bumper of the person ahead, they can rear-end them. Almost all rear-end accidents are the fault of the vehicle behind. These usually come along with a ticket for “unassured clear distance.”
Lastly. St. Louis always has plenty of potholes after a difficult winter. Cars can slam into these holes unknowingly and lose control of their vehicle. It can also cause a tire to blow out, which can cause an accident.
It is easy to see that driving on the roadways is dangerous. However, the best thing to do is to keep all eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel. Most accidents can be avoided if a driver will be a bit more careful.