Top 6 accidents on the road: warned

You and I would live in a different world if we learned to predict our future and avoid many mistakes in the present. But it is in our power to understand where the danger may come from, based both on our own knowledge and on those of others.

Take, for example, driving – you can help to avoid many troubles on the road not only by rolling over the years of experience and accumulating experience, but also by looking at the records of various accidents, since there are now a lot of them on the Internet.

Publishing experts “Behind the wheel” studied almost two and a half thousand records from DVRs in recent years and compiled statistics on the most common accidents, preparing some useful tips for drivers. Let’s see what you first need to pay attention to on the road in order to avoid serious troubles.

U-turns, turns and lane changes

The largest number of accidents from the selection (24.9%) were associated with changing lanes, turning and turning from extreme positions. Moreover, there are very rare cases when the second participant of the accident was in the “blind” zone or rushed like a superhero Flash from American comics.

The vast majority of such accidents are due to banal inattention, the culprit just once again did not bother to look in the rear-view mirror for a longer time. All these consequences can be avoided if, before the maneuver, one more thoughtfully evaluates all objects and the speed of their approach.

You should not relax even in those cases when you are the leading object – carefully observe those who turned on the turn signal, slowed down and are preparing for some kind of maneuver, or are already slowly beginning to change the trajectory of movement. Yes, you will not be guilty if something happens, but sometimes you still have to think for both – none of the participants wants to get into trouble.

Departure from a minor road

In second place (14.2% of the total number of accidents) are accidents associated with departures from secondary roads. In a third of them, everything is clear – on our completely parked streets, visibility with such an exit is sometimes minimal. Traffic rules are slyly prescribed in such cases to seek the help of third parties, but in real life, you know … It remains only to advise you to go to the main page a little bit, gradually increasing your view.

However, those who drive along the main road should be more careful – in fairness, in many cases they also share the blame with those who leave. When you are rushing at the maximum permissible speed along a narrow road with poor visibility, and even in the extreme right lane, you should not be surprised if another equally reckless driver suddenly rushes out of the gate. Move more slowly, so that if something happens, you have time to notice the obstacle and beep.

Two-thirds of such accidents can only be attributed to the category of “obvious-improbable”. There is no other way to explain how a person leaving does not notice one single driver on an almost empty main road. It is hard to believe that all these accidents occurred due to the fault of tightly toned cars or very poor eyesight. The reason here is most likely, as in the first case, – banal inattention.

Before going to the main one, make sure that there are no passing vehicles on it. Remember, an empty road is no less dangerous than a clogged road, since a car can rush on it at a decent speed. Do not rely on other vehicle’s dipped headlights – it may not necessarily be on. Be especially vigilant in the low blinding sun, well, remember that what is clearly visible to you may be completely invisible to others.

Left turns and U-turns

Not much less than in the previous category, there were cases of left turns and U-turns without giving an advantage to oncoming traffic (13.3%). The reasons are the same – the maneuver begins without a proper assessment of the situation on the road.

For those who are on the main road, advice – follow the DDD rule (give the fool a way). Skip ahead of those who are too fast and inattentive. Very often, such collisions occur with a flashing green or yellow traffic light, when each of the participants seeks to drive as quickly as possible, forgetting all caution.


8.7% percent of viewed accidents are hit pedestrians. Moreover, only in half of these cases the driver is to blame for not slowing down in front of a zebra crossing or a traffic light. In other accidents, pedestrians themselves risk their lives, crossing the road in the wrong place and leaving the driver no chance to avoid a collision.

In this situation, the driver can only advise to assess the situation not only on the road, but also on the sidelines – to toughen the traffic rules for “horseless”, so that they less “throw” at cars in unintended for crossing parts of the carriageway, until they plan.

Passing a red light

5.8% of the sample participants missed a red traffic light unsuccessfully. Most of them did not have time to “fly” after the first seconds after the change of signals. Therefore, do not rush to start without making sure that everyone has finally stopped in the other direction.

A separate point is special vehicles, the drivers of which forget that the traffic rules allow them to act contrary to the general rules, only after making sure that such maneuvers are safe for others. Not every one of them also remembers that special signals should be turned on before crossing the red line. At the same time, every ordinary driver understands that in the event of a collision with such a special vehicle, one should not rely on the law – he rarely helps here. And this is another reason to be extremely careful on the road.

Emergency maneuver

A separate category (4.6%) is those who, in an attempt to “dodge” from one road accident with the help of an emergency maneuver, fall into another. Often much more difficult than it could be with the use of braking without changing lanes (as prescribed by the traffic rules).

It is clear that the driver drives the car away from a collision rather instinctively, but one must understand that this is stupid and irresponsible. It is better to slow down and crush the car, receiving further insurance payments from the culprit of the accident, than to hurt an innocent car moving in the oncoming lane, and get yourself a criminal case.

See also: Top 5 harmless causes of road accidents, even if you are not drunk and not reckless

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