Getting into accidents on the road is part of life. Given that most Americans get into a car every day, it is likely that most of us will be involved in some level of car accident at some point in our lives, no matter how carefully we drive. However, there are certain scenarios that cause accidents more often than others. According to Slate, the most common causes of car accidents include rolling right turns on red, losing control of the vehicle, and falling asleep.
While turning right on red is legal everywhere in the US where there is not a sign explicitly prohibiting it (this is not the case in many other countries), it is still the law to literally stop before making a turn. Many people do not actually stop their cars when they are intending to turn right on a red light. This “rolling right turn” causes a lot of accidents, particularly where bicyclists and pedestrians are concerned.
While most of us do not like to think about losing control of the vehicle and the majority of people consider themselves skilled drivers, this happens quite often. Remember that it is not just up to you to get into an accident: it is possible that another driver will cut you off or you will run into water and lose control of the car in the process.
Finally, falling asleep actually causes many accidents each year. It is estimated that nearly 7% of all accidents can be attributed to drivers being drowsy behind the wheel. It turns out that people are bad judges of how tired they are, and this can have fatal consequences.