Six common crash scenarios and how to avoid them

Over 6 million car crashes occur in Arizona and across the U.S. each year, with tens of thousands of motorists dying annually. Starting in 2015, car crash fatality rates have reached a 50-year high. The results of university studies, road camera footage and other data all point to one thing: Most accidents can be avoided because most occur out of simple misunderstandings and miscalculations.

There are six main causes of car accidents. The first is when drivers turn right on red without stopping; they become so concerned with cross traffic that they forget pedestrians or cyclists coming up from their side. They are committing an illegal maneuver because all vehicles must stop on red.

The second cause is drowsy driving, which contributes to about 21 percent of all traffic fatalities. Even when drivers feel they're wide-awake, they could be subject to brief periods of brain inactivity called microsleep. Third, drivers often lose control by taking sharp turns too fast and failing to slow down on wet pavement. Fourth, drivers cause accidents when they turn or speed into blind spots.

Rear-end collisions are the fifth type as motorists mistakenly believe they can save time by driving close to the vehicle in front of them. Lastly, straying from the lane or road causes 33 percent of all car accidents.

Many of these accidents result from distracted driving, something that the motorist can be held liable for when the other party incurs vehicle damage or suffers physical injuries. Victims may be able to consult with a lawyer specializing in motor vehicle accident claims and find out how much they're eligible for. The lawyer might hire investigators to recreate the accident if no visual evidence is available, and after factoring in any contributory negligence, he or she may be able to negotiate for a settlement with the insurance companies.

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