Michigan statistics show that there were more than 280,000 car crashes in the state in 2021. Although you can’t always avoid an accident, safe driving reduces your chances of being a victim of one. Here’s a look at some types of car accidents and how to possibly avoid them.
Intersections are dangerous areas. A driver might run a light or crash into a vehicle paused to make a turn. And if a driver is distracted, they could cause all kinds of damage. A driver should pause before proceeding through an intersection. And it’s wise to keep a safe distance from other cars.
Rear-end collisions are possibly the easiest types of car accidents to avoid. When a driver is behind a car, they should maintain a safe stopping distance. A wet or snowy road calls for even more distance between cars. And if a driver is in front of another vehicle, the driver in front should avoid making sudden stops.
One vehicle accidents
Some car accidents involve only one vehicle. Single-vehicle accidents commonly include collisions with animals, trash on the road or road barriers. A driver might also run off the road or get into a rollover. Driving at a reasonable speed and staying alert can help prevent single-vehicle accidents.
Collisions when backing
Backing out of a parking spot or driveway requires caution. Another vehicle can appear before you know it and cause a collision. The easiest way to avoid this accident is to avoid backing out. Another option is to drive a car that has a backup camera. The camera allows the driver to see the rear when backing up.
Parked car accident
A car parked in a parking lot or on the road runs the risk of being hit by another vehicle. Parking away from heavy traffic can help avoid being hit. Also, parking in the center of a parking spot makes it harder for other drivers to cause damage.
Practice safe driving
Accidents will continue to happen as long as people continue to drive. You never know when an accident will happen. The best defense is to practice safe driving when behind the wheel.