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There are an infinite number of situations that lead to car accidents. However, there are some causes that occur more frequently than others. By understanding these common sources of negligence, drivers can understand cars on the road to avoid.
Distracted Driving: When most people hear the term “distracted driving”, they immediately think of cell phone use. While this is the most common (and often most dangerous) form of distracted driving, it is not the only form. Drivers are considered distracted when their sole focus is not the road and the cars around them. Common distractions include fiddling with the radio, talking with passengers in the back seat, or eating.
Speeding: Speeding is the cause of one third of the car accidents in America annually. In Texas, the speed limits are higher than any other state (85 mph on some highways), which also means that the accidents can be more dangerous and fatal.
Drunk Driving: Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol is unfortunately common in the Houston, Texas, area. For example, in March of 2012, there were 635 DUI arrests in the Houston area. Drinking and driving is no joke—look out for the signs from other drivers around you.
To learn more about the most common causes of car accidents, visit this blog post.