Top Three Types of Phoenix Collisions
You’re sitting at the red light, and the next thing you know, a car is ramming into your bumper. Turns out the driver had been texting and didn’t notice that the light had changed. Now you’re heading into a Phoenix collision repair center to fix your bumper and your rear panel.
If you’re lucky, auto body repair will be the only issue you’re dealing with after an accident. If you’re not, you could suffer life-threatening injuries.
Knowing the top causes of accidents can help you learn the behaviors to avoid or how to develop the right defensive driving behaviors to defend against them. Here are the top three types of collisions in Phoenix Arizona and throughout the country:
Running a Red Light
Many of us have sped up trying to make it through the yellow light, only to have the light turn red while we do it. Others see the light just turn red but think that they can make it through the intersection before the other side starts moving forward. Others just don’t see that the light has turned and keep driving through at full speed.
Running a red light can result in a serious accident. One car traveling at full speed slams into the side of another, which can result in major damage and even a roll over.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that there were more than 2.3 million crashes in 2008 related to intersections. Drivers running red lights resulted in 762 deaths and about 165,000 people being injured. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that the majority of people killed or seriously injured in these crashes are not the ones who ran the red light.
Getting somewhere on time is not worth someone’s life. Even going 5 to 10 miles over the speed limit can increase your risk while driving, which can result in serious injuries to you and other drivers.
The NHTSA says that speeding is the third leading cause of traffic accidents, and that speeding is a factor in 33 percent of all fatal accidents. More than 13,000 people are killed each year in accidents that involve speeding.
Slow down. Maintain the speed limit. If someone is tailing you, pull to the slow lane and let them pass. Speeding or fighting with speeders is not worth your life.
Texting While Driving
In the amount of time it takes you to read or respond to a text, you could travel the length of an entire football field. That’s without looking at the road. Even if you are a confident driver, you cannot know all the obstacles that you could face, such as a car pulling out in front of you or a light turning red. Texting while driving puts you at serious risk of an accident.
Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get in a crash. Every day, nine people are killed in crashes that involve distracted driving, including texting while driving. Every day, 1,153 people are injured in accidents that involve distracted driving.
The lesson is clear: Do not speed, do not text while driving and do not run red lights. Learn defensive driving measures to protect yourself against drivers who may engage in these practices. Always stay alert on the road, steer clear of drivers who are acting recklessly and keep plenty of distance between you and other drivers.
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