5 Causes of Vehicle Collisions
Whether it’s a vehicle, like a pickup truck, hauling items that break loose, or a tractor trailer “throwing a tread”, this can cause a collision on a highway. Items, big or small, that come loose and fall out of vehicles can cause major collisions. Eighteen wheelers that have refurbished tires basically coming apart while moving, which are then left in the middle of a highway are another hazard that can’t be helped by motorists behind them.
There is little control people have over this other than to attempt to stay in control of the vehicle when it occurs.
This is a hazard that can occur anytime on any road. Roads are constructed of various materials and with normal driving by literally thousands of cars every year, pieces break off, can get stuck in the tire treads of cars and other vehicles and get kicked back and hit your windshield. This can cause chips and, if the rock is big enough, actually crack your windshield (although unlikely). The distraction caused by this, however, is enough to make you lose control of your vehicle and collide with other cars, go off the road, etc.
Again, being diligent is your best bet here.
We’ve mentioned this before in another blog article but distracted driving from texting, talking or reading social media posts on your phone, or eating is a major cause of collisions. This is also one of the most preventable causes.
Simply put your phone on mute or turn it off while you’re driving. Also, eating is not necessary while driving. Pull over until you’re finished.
Although you can’t control the first three causes of vehicle collisions listed above— other than being focused on the road and your surroundings— you do have control over whether you choose to run a red light or use your phone in various ways while driving. Remember, that many vehicle collisions occur with other vehicles so it’s not just your own life that’s on the line.
As always, if you are unfortunate enough to get into a collision, we here at Orlando Auto Body are here for you. We’ll restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition. Call us at (480) 844-4858.