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Causes of Road Accidents and Prevention

Updated on June 25, 2015

We are going to discuss the causes, consequences, and prevention of road accidents. Road accidents are also called traffic collisions, and they happen when drivers overlook the rules and regulations of the road. According to the Population Reference Bureau, an estimated 1.2 million people are killed, and as many as 50 million are injured every year in road crashes.

What Causes Road Accidents?

One of the major causes of accidents is speeding. When drivers deliberately drive above the regulated speed limit, whether to show off, meet a deadline, or just for fun, they put their own lives and the lives of others at risk. By exceeding the regulated speed limit, one risks causing an accident.

Another cause of accidents is when drivers fail to understand or obey road signs.

Red lights mean stop.

Green lights mean it is safe to go.

When you reach an intersection, bump, or hill, follow the appropriate road rules to save lives. One of the fundamental responsibilities of being a good driver is to learn the meaning of the many road signs that guide the course of driving. Studying road signs is a must for anyone who wishes to become not just an expert, but also a responsible driver. If possible, buy a book about road signs and terms.

What about drinking and driving?

Individuals who have taken alcohol or have alcohol in their system should never drive. Even a small quantity of alcohol can have a big influence on driving ability.

Parents must also make sure that under-aged children do not get behind the wheel. Even when a child reaches state-approved driving age, parents should make sure their children attend a good driving school.

Last but not least, drivers must make sure that their vehicles are in safe, running order. Before you start the ignition, be sure that all parts of your car are in good condition. If necessary, call a qualified technician to check your car periodically. Proper maintenance, repairs, and daily inspection of cars save lives.

Other preventative steps include the following:

Do not answer calls while driving.

Always be sure you, the driver, and all passengers wear seat belts.

Obey road signs and speed limits.

Be sure to regularly check and maintain your car.

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