Driving in the daylight can be hazardous, but driving at night nearly doubles the risk of a car accident occurring. When you can’t see what’s up ahead you don’t know what to anticipate as you drive towards it. As the sun goes down, your awareness of the road and cars around you must go up.
Youth is wasted on the young, but careful driving is never wasted on young drivers. Unfortunately, teenagers aren’t often known for their carefulness. When teen drivers hit the roads they don’t always know what to do and that lack of experience ends up causing car accidents.
You’ve seen them on the highway. Many drivers ignore the speed limit and drive 10, 20 and sometimes 30 mph over the limit. Speed kills, and traveling above the speed limit is an easy way to cause a car accident. The faster you drive, the slower your reaction time will be if you need to prevent an auto accident.
When you drink, you lose the ability to focus and function properly and its very dangerous when operating a vehicle. Driving under the influence of alcohol causes car accidents every day, even when they are one the top causes that can be avoided. Always use a designated driver if you go out and drink.
Another sore point is the presence of malfunctioning and dilapidated vehicles on our highways. To avoid incessant carnage on our roads, therefore, owners of vehicles should ensure that they are in good working condition before hitting the roads. Drivers should also show consideration for other road users and avoid recklessness while driving. It has become morally compelling for relevant government agencies to launch robust initiatives to decisively deal with the widespread deaths and destruction articulated vehicles are causing through their carelessness, indiscipline and recklessness on Nigerian roads. Going by the rate of accidents they cause, the current efforts being made to address the fatalities arising from their operations seem to be grossly inadequate. All efforts must be made to curb the menace. The carnage has to be stopped.
Traffic accidents are caused mostly by the combination of several causes, the intersection of a series of unfortunate circumstances and misconduct ways, the causes are usually presented in a mutual set of conditions, which exacerbate the risk situation and are unforeseen. Man is the crucial link in the chain of fate, in which he could intervene an accident or at least reducing harm by incorporating appropriate safety margins.
Because most traffic accidents are the product of several factors, the probability of accidents can be reduced in a number of different ways. There is no doubt that the following activities have prevented the increase in accidents that would normally result from increases in traffic density. There are three main approaches to preventing accidents:
Traffic accidents can have different causes. To determine the causes of accident a reconstruction expert opinion can be created that are requested by the courts in case of serious accident. Traffic Analytical reports (accident reconstruction expert opinion) are created after a detailed order, when there are serious accidents in question.
Accidents and road traffic accidents in particular can be avoided through early traffic education, by improving the training of drivers, through improvements in vehicle technology, road design, verification and maintenance of a good road condition, including the mitigation of road edges and the monitoring, and reduction of the permissible speeds can also help to prevent accidents and to reduce the consequences of accidents.
The main causes of accidents are called the most common causes of accidents on the road in accident statistics from the federal and state governments. These main causes of accidents are constantly under monitoring.
Road accidents are a common phenomenon all over the world. Perhaps, it is in the realisation of this that governments, the world over, put in place various traffic rules and laws to regulate movements of vehicles on the roads. Sadly, in spite of these, road accidents, with the accompanied fatalities and destruction, have become a common, ugly sight on our roads.
In Nigeria and most of other developing countries, especially African countries, the frequency of road accidents has turned the whole thing into an epidemic of some sort. Every other day, precious lives are lost on the roads while goods and other economic lifelines are destroyed. This situation has become so worrisome that many analysts now tend to conclude that the greatest killer decimating the world’s population, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, is no longer the deadly Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS, but uncontrollable road traffic accidents.
The majority of road crashes are caused by human error. Research has shown that driver error accounts for over 80% of all fatal and injury crashes on Irish roads
The statistics are staggering. The country is reputed to have the second highest rate of road accidents among 193 countries, and deaths from reckless driving are the third leading cause of death in Nigeria. In its grim half-year report released in June 2013, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, an agency saddled with the responsibility of bringing sanity to Nigerian roads, declared that no fewer than 2,422 persons died while 11, 961 were injured in 3,708 road accidents between January and June of last year. Comparatively, this was the highest figure in the past three years. In the 2011 half-year report, 2,218 people lost their lives, while in the same period in 2012, 1,926 deaths were recorded — a 21.6 percent reduction that has now jumped to the latest frightening record of 2,422. Although the agency is yet to release the June to December 2013 figures, these statistics are alarming. This is even more so as the statistics may not have captured the total number of deaths through accidents on our roads.