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5 Common Mistakes That Lead to Auto Accidents: And How to Avoid Them

What are the most common driver errors leading to car crashes resulting in property damage, injuries, and fatalities?

Here are five of the most common mistakes and ways to avoid them:

1. Driver Distraction

The single most common cause of car accidents is driver distraction. Around 25% to 50% of all auto accidents are caused at least partly by distracted driving habits. Driving habits that include texting, talking on the phone, eating, looking away from the road, applying makeup, or reading a map while driving.

Make it a point to always stay focused on the road ahead of you and regularly check your mirrors when driving. Get a hands-free phone accessory, use GPS, plan your route ahead of time, and have all settings in place before pulling out of the driveway.

2. Drinking and Driving

Over half of all auto fatalities involve someone drinking and driving. Drunken driving or driving under the influence of prescription medication is also all too common.

While it is an obvious point that is constantly put in our ears from multiple sources, it nevertheless bears repeating — never drink and drive! Plan ahead to have a designated driver or use a taxi if necessary. If drinking at home, plan for plenty of time for your BAC to return to acceptable levels before driving anywhere.

3. Fatigued Driving

Many people work long hours. These 10 to 12 hour shifts multiple days in row, can lead to dangerously fatigued drivers on the road. Fatigued driving can also be the result of not resting up enough the night before or not taking occasional breaks during a long road trip.

If you are too tired to drive, don't. Get a friend to drive you or use public transportation. Otherwise, always "rest up" before a trip and take a short break between a long shift and the drive home.

4. Speeding

Driving over the limit or too fast for conditions is tempting when you are late for work or another important scheduled event. But speeding greatly increases your chances of getting into an accident. The impact of a crash doubles when you hit someone at 60 mph instead of 40 mph.

Give yourself extra time to get ready instead of speeding to make up for lost time. It's better to be late than to miss your appointment completely and possibly change your life for the worse.

5. Tailgaiting and Aggressive Lane-changing

When stuck behind someone going too slow, we all understand the urge to drive too close and try to pass suddenly, even in a no-passing zone. But this kind of aggressive driving leads to numerous car accidents every year.

Never tailgate. When you don't give yourself enough time to stop, you endanger yourself and others. Be patient and wait for a legal and safe time to pass.


There are many ways we can be better drivers and avert accidents, but when the negligence of others leads to a serious injury, contact a a Wichita attorney to defend your right to compensation.

If you have suffered due to poor driving habits of others, contact Brad Pistotnik Law 24/7 for a free consultation. Brad is a Wichita attorney with the experience to win you the maximum settlement.

Wichita attorney Brad Pistotnik can be reached 24/7/365 at 800-241-BRAD, 316-684-4400, or 316-706-5020 (Brad's cell number). Or contact his law partner, Tony Atterbury, at 316-617-9237 or fill out the online contact form. For Brad's Spanish site, click here.

Brad Pistotnik Law is located in Wichita, Kansas, but serves communities throughout the state, including: Dodge City, Liberal, Garden City, Hays, Salina, Colby, Arkansas City, Winfield, Goodland, Topeka, Kansas City, Great Bend, Coffeyville, Pittsburg, El Dorado, Abiline, and more.