Car accidents happen everyday. Understanding the 5 most common car accidents in Idaho will help you avoid them. Below is a list common accidents and strategies to help you be safer on the roads.

5. Animal Collisions.

Wild animals caused 13% of accidents in Idaho. As deer, moose, and cattle are not required to obey traffic laws, they often wander into highways. In 2014, there were over 934 incidents where animal collision resulted in serious car damage. There were 10 cases where death or serious injury occurred. You can avoid an animal collision by:

  • Being aware of animal crossing signs.
  • Paying attention to your surroundings.
  • Using your high-beams when traveling at night, and when the law permits it.

4. Driving too close.

Driving too close to other vehicles resulted in 19% of car accidents in Idaho. Driving to close has resulted in many bent fenders and personal injury cases. Avoid tailgating. Idaho law requires you to drive three seconds behind the car in front of you. Increase the distance during traffic or bad weather.

3. Speeding.

Increasing your speed, increases the fatality of an accident. 21% of accidents in Idaho were attributed to speeding. Interestingly, over 45% of all citations were from speeding. When driving,

  • Be aware of the posted speed limit.
  • Drive at a speed you feel comfortable, without exceeding the speed limit.
  • Slow down in bad weather.

2. Distracted Driving.

Distracted driving caused 22% of all accidents in Idaho. Texting, talking on the phone, and checking email represented over a third of distracted driving accidents. You can reduce your distractions by:

  • Putting your phone away.
  • Don’t be afraid to pull over if your children are screaming, or if a call is that important.
  • Making sure you are well rested.

1. Not staying in your lane.

Not staying in your lane is the leading cause of accidents in Idaho. In 2014, 25% of all car accidents occurred from negligent lane usage. Deviating from your lane could cause a head on collision, sideswiping another driver, and overturning your vehicle. These types of accidents are often the most fatal. Overturning your car can increase fatality by 67%. Be careful. Here are some tips to help you stay in your lane:

  • Make proper lane changes.
  • Avoid driving in others’ blindspots.
  • Avoid distractions.
  • Don’t drive drowsy.

The attorneys at Hansen Injury want to remind you that wearing your seat belt is the easiest way to reduce injury in an accident. If you have been the victim in one of these accidents, we can help you get the right kind of compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

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