Common Reasons For Road Accidents In Michigan

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Speeding

This is the greatest risk you can take with your safety as you move around in your car. Speeding is dangerous for two reasons. First, losing control of the vehicle is easier if the driver is speeding. Secondly, at high speeds the amount of time you have to react to an emergency situation on the road is greatly reduced, hence increasing the likelihood of an accident. Unfortunately, despite this being common knowledge, speeding is quite common in our society where everyone seems to be in a rush. Law enforcers try their best to tame this behavior, but they do not have the capacity to effectively monitor all the roads. If the motorist ahead happens to make an emergency break, chances of you avoiding an accident are much higher if you were within the speed limit. The reverse is also true. Another reason why you should limit your speed is that you stand to get more seriously injured in the event of an accident if you were driving at a high speed. A basic understanding of physics reveals that there is greater momentum hence greater force when two vehicles collide at a higher speed. Next time you get the urge to speed, remember that speed that thrills kills.

Poor Infrastructure and Hazardous Conditions

Michigan residents are all too familiar with the poor state of roads even during the summer months. The roads are quickly torn apart by the freezing and thawing that is characteristic of winter and the beginning of spring. Potholes on these roads are extra large and the roads are generally not in good condition. Many are the times when I drive on the opposite lane on purpose just so that my tires or suspension do not get damaged. This is not the safest of undertakings, but there is not much one can do. The problem is even worse during winter as the roads become slippery in addition to freezing and thawing. The financial cuts on the Michigan Department of Transportation further worsens the situation as the number of snowplows is not sufficient meaning motorists are left vulnerable during extended periods of poor road conditions. A number of accidents are actually caused by the dangerous nature of our roads and their poor state.

Texting and General Distraction from Mobile Phones

The use of the mobile phone gains popularity with each new dawn. These gadgets are wonderful as they help us keep in touch with the people in our lives with great convenience. However, these otherwise wonderful gadgets are responsible for a number of road accidents. The most common distraction associated with mobile phones is composing and sending text messages while driving. Statistics from some corners indicate that sending texts while driving is tantamount to driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 which happens to be the legally accepted limit in Michigan. The biggest challenge with this is that most people think that using their phones as they drive is harmless, when the truth is that it is a major distraction and can easily cause the most serious of accidents. When texting, your attention automatically shifts from the road albeit for a few seconds. These few seconds are more than enough time required for a major accident to occur. Several states inclusive of Michigan have made it illegal to text while driving. Implementation of this law is however not very easy and motorists break this law on a daily basis. Michigan has also made it illegal for the more youthful drivers to use their mobile handsets while driving. It is important to point out that even the older motorists are just as dangerous if they use their phones while on the starring wheel.

Inexperience

As much as I would wish that things were different, motorists who lack experience are responsible for more accidents as compared to their more experienced counterparts. A glance at the statistics from a majority of states in America upholds this view. This is a problematic situation because in order for motorists to get experience, they have to hit the road and drive. As they drive and get this experience, they are bound to make wrong decisions on the road, which ultimately result in more road accidents.

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