Looking into some of the other causes of car crashes

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Many people are very familiar with some of the most common causes of auto accidents, such as driving while intoxicated, speeding and poor road conditions, to name a few. However, in San Francisco, and on roads across the state of California, traffic accidents happen for all sorts of reasons, some of which are often forgotten. In order to reduce the likelihood of a crash, all drivers should understand the various risks they face every time they get behind the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many problems can result in a motor vehicle accident, such as vehicle conditions, driver fatigue, distractions, health conditions, driving aggressively and overcompensating on the road, among many others. Sometimes, auto crashes occur because a driver lost control of the wheel after suffering a heart attack, while others are the result of brake failure or problems related to the condition of a vehicle, such as blown out tires.

Over the course of 2015, more than 3,400 people passed away because of distracted driving and many more suffered injuries. It is vital for everyone who gets behind the wheel to recognize how dangerous it is to drive while distracted and keep an eye out for any distractions that take their attention away from the road. For example, if a driver is trying to turn the radio station, converse with another passenger in the car, eat food, use a cell phone or check a map, all of these behaviors can significantly increase the likelihood of a traffic accident.

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