It is no surprise that car accidents are one of the top causes of death in the United States. In Maryland alone, thousands of people are injured or sometimes killed in car accidents every day. There are many causes of car accidents, but the majority of them are due to the distraction or carelessness of other drivers. Let’s go over some of the leading causes of car accidents in Maryland.
Running Red Lights and Stop Signs
If you have driven down any major road in Baltimore, Maryland area, you have most likely noticed red light and speed cameras along the street. These cameras are there because drivers often run through red lights and stop signs. Not obeying traffic lights is a major cause of car accidents. Because it is unexpected, these collisions can result in severe damage. The injured party cannot take evasive action to try to avoid the crash, thereby resulting in a very forceful impact, which can cause serious injuries or even fatalities.
Distracted driving is the most common cause of car accidents today. It is critical that you pay attention to the road when driving. However, drivers are easily distracted by other passengers, their cell phones, and many other factors. Distracted driving reduces your response time, thus making it more difficult to avoid a potential collision on the road.
Driving at dangerously high speeds is a recipe for disaster. Your car has a certain stopping distance, meaning that when you press the brakes, your car needs a certain amount of space in front of it to come to a complete stop. If you are speeding, you would have less time to slow down if a car or pedestrian pulls out in front of you. High speed collisions can also lead to serious injury or even death.
Poor Road Conditions
You may not realize it, but the conditions of the roads can also be a cause of car accidents. Studies have shown that 24% of Maryland’s roads are in poor condition. Poorly kept roads may have dangerous hazards such as potholes, spills, uneven surfaces, and missing guardrails. These types of hazards can cost drivers hundreds of dollars in vehicle repairs. In addition, car accidents are more common on poorly maintained roads, increasing the number of injuries and fatalities
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