Avoiding a car trip to avoid a car accident is not possible in large countries like Australia. For this reason, it is important to understand some of the reasons that cause the accident and to be in traffic accordingly.
The causes of car crashes in Australia have been called the “fatal four” for many years. But lately, “distracted driving” has also had a large proportion of the behaviours that caused the accident. For this reason, the causes of accidents, which are now called “fatal five”, are listed below.
“Speeding” is at the top of the list.
Speeding is defined as exceeding the legally set speed limit. Speeding is the most common cause of car accidents and is also the cause of about a third of fatal crashes in Australia.
Measures that can be taken to prevent accidents related to speeding:
- Care should be taken not to speed in bad weather conditions.
- Speeding should not be done when visibility is low.
- Care should be taken not to exceed the legal speed specified in areas with many pedestrians and in areas where livestock is made.
- Headlights must be turned on as it starts to get dark. In addition, this is important to be noticed on the road in bad weather conditions.
“Distracted driving”, although added to the list later, is the cause of most of the accidents.
There are many reasons for distraction while driving. Mobile phones are one of these reasons. Many situations such as talking on the phone while driving, using navigation applications to find a way, connecting the phone to the car via Bluetooth and listening to music, texting can cause distraction.
The causes of distraction cannot be limited to mobile phone use alone. Many reasons can cause distraction, such as eating or drinking while driving, trying to pick up any item, trying to remove any insect or fly that got into the car, chatting, checking what the children or pets in the car are doing.
Because of these seemingly harmless reasons, many accidents occur in Australia. Try to avoid distracting activities as much as possible.
“Fatigued driving” tends to be combined with other causes rather than being a single cause of major accidents.
Driving while fatigued reduces many cognitive abilities. Since this situation is not noticed very clearly by the drivers, it invites accidents.
Fatigue has a negative effect on driving. The ability to react is impaired, the ability to make decisions may be adversely affected, the driver may fall asleep on the roads due to fatigue (especially on straight highways).
It is important to be well-rested before setting off to avoid fatigued driving and, indeed, an accident. Taking breaks for long trips is also the best way to prevent this.
Driving under the influence (such as alcohol or drugs)
Driving under the influence of alcohol significantly reduces reflexes, muscle control and coordination.
In addition, reasons such as blurred vision, tunnel vision, and changes in depth perception are clear proofs that you should not drive while drunk. These negative effects increase as the alcohol level increases. Therefore, the higher the alcohol level, the greater the danger of drunk drivers.
Although “not wearing a seatbelt” does not directly cause an accident, it is one of the biggest reasons that increase injuries in accidents.
Statistics show that people without seatbelts are about 10 times more likely to die in car accidents.
Although new model cars have a “seatbelt warning” for the front seat passenger and driver, rear seat passengers must also wear it. Paying attention to this will reduce injuries in accidents.
What if you have an accident because of another driver despite following all the rules?
You can claim compensation for all damage caused by the accident. Evaluating the process together with accident lawyers will make your job easier at this point.
When examining car accident compensation claims, it also looks at how guilty the person was in the accident. If you have an accident due to someone else’s fault even though you follow all the rules, all of your damage can be taken with compensation.
One issue should not be misunderstood here. The person who is at fault in the accident can also receive compensation. But the amount varies depending on these and similar reasons. There are also conditions for the faulty party to receive compensation.
You can contact Withstand Lawyers to assess your situation and get more detailed information.