The Tennessee Department of Safety lists over three dozen causes for car accidents in Davidson County. You can drive yourself to total distraction trying to prepare for each one. In reality, only three causes were responsible for over half of the accidents in 2012 for which specific conditions were known. You can easily avoid these problems with a few safety tips.


Following Improperly

If you tailgate the car in front of you, you won’t be able to stop in time if that driver slams on the brakes. The result is a rear-end collision due to following improperly, which caused 5,830 accidents in 2012. The obvious solution is to leave enough space in front of you, which depends on your speed of travel and weather conditions. To determine the correct distance, watch as the car in front of you passes a fixed point and see how long it takes you to pass that same point. For safety’s sake, it should take at least three seconds before your car passes.


Failing to Yield the Right of Way

If a driver gets to a four-way stop before you do, then he has the right to continue before you. If you both get there at the same time, then the one to the right of the other has the right-of-way. If you ignore these rules of the road, your accident is due to failing to yield the right of way, which caused 3,953 incidents. To avoid this issue, always come to a complete stop at any intersection with a stop sign or where the light is red. Always look to both sides, even if your light turns green, before you continue on.


Failure to Keep in Proper Lane or Running Off Road

Leaving your lane can happen because a wet road forces you to skid, you fell asleep at the wheel, you’re slightly inebriated, or you were fiddling with your radio dial. Failure to keep in proper lane caused 2,451 accidents. If you must take your attention of the road, such as to call the police on your cellphone, pull over to a safe area before doing the task. Too tired or drunk to drive? Then rest until you’re fully alert. Or better yet, have someone drive you home where you can fully recover.


If you follow these safe driving tips and still get into a car crash because of someone else’s negligence, please contact us, your Nashville accident lawyers, so we can help you out.