Car accidents happen for a random selection of reasons. You can’t predict being in an accident, and you certainly can’t determine days earlier why you might be in an accident. There are some common causes of car accidents in North Carolina that you might want to be wary of in order to strive for preventing an accident. The following are four.
- Crossing the Center Line
When you cross the center line, you are essentially heading into oncoming traffic. This infraction was the reason behind 9,049 accidents in North Carolina in 2015. It’s best to keep your eyes on the road at all times so you can avoid this. Messing with your radio station, turning to care for children in the back seat or even just viewing beautiful scenery could be the small move that crosses your car over that line.
- Failing to Yield the Right of Way
This accounted for 38,862 North Carolina car accidents in 2015. These types of situations include those in which someone turning left at a yellow light doesn’t yield to oncoming traffic going straight through the light. It could include pulling out of a private driveway without yielding to cross-traffic. Being aggressive when merging onto the freeway or when two lanes merge together would also be grouped in this category. Instead, be careful when you are heading into traffic, and ensure it is safe to move forward when you do.
It’s a simple mistake to make, especially when you are in an emergent situation. Overcorrecting your steering might seem like the way to keep yourself out of an accident, but it could also be the cause of an accident if it goes too far. North Carolina saw 9,879 accidents caused by overcorrecting or over steering in 2015. Be careful when correcting a turn or steering out of the way of something detrimental.
- Drunk Driving
Everyone knows drinking and driving don’t mix, but when you are impaired, you simply don’t think about it. Alcohol use was the cause of over 8,500 accidents in North Carolina in 2015, and could have been avoided if those individuals called designated drivers, hailed a cab or walked home instead.
Contacting Your Attorney
If you were involved in a car accident in North Carolina, it could be the result of a whole host of things. For help receiving the compensation you deserve after your accident, including knowing who and when to sue, contact your attorney today.