Common Auto Accidents and How to Prevent Them

October 5, 2022
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There are several different types of car accidents that can occur. It is helpful to understand each type of accident that can occur and how you can avoid them. At Freedom Collision Center, we’ve put together a guide on the most common auto accidents along with critical tips to follow to help you have a safer driving experience.

What Causes a Car Accident?

Car accidents can be caused by various factors, including:

Drunk Driving/Drugged Driving

Driving under the influence of any drug or alcohol that impairs your motor skills, reaction time, and judgment cause you to have a higher risk of accidents. Drunk or drugged driving crashes leave a devastating impact on victims and their families.

Drowsy Driving

If you are driving without enough sleep, you can increase your risk of causing an accident. When you are drowsy, you don’t possess the alertness or the quick reaction times needed to avoid an accident.

Texting While Driving

When a driver is texting on their cellphone, they have their hands and eyes distracted from driving safely. Using a cellphone while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get into a collision than you would if you weren’t on your cellphone.

Distracted Driving

If a driver has their attention diverted to distractions such as eating or drinking, brushing their hair, putting on makeup, reading a map, using a GPS, or messing with the radio, they are more likely to cause an accident.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is when a driver is running red lights or stop signs, speeding, failing to yield, racing, tailgating, etc. Reckless driving is extremely dangerous and puts other drivers at risk.


Speeding can lead to accidents because when you are speeding, you likely won’t have time to stop or avoid a collision. Speed limits are set to keep drivers safe and reduce the risk of accidents. If you are speeding, you are driving recklessly.

What Type of Car Accidents Are There?

Highway Construction Accidents

While construction companies have a responsibility not to cause accidents, drivers still need to drive more carefully when passing through a construction zone.

Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions often are caused by negligence and are among the most devastating of the different types of accidents.

Interstate Accidents

Speed often plays a factor in interstate accidents.

Intersection Accidents

Driving errors are often the cause of intersection accidents. Driving errors can be caused by negligence or distracted driving.

Side-Impact Accidents

Side-impact accidents are another common type of accident that typically occur at intersections. They can cause major injuries depending on where the car is hit.

Rear-End Accidents

This is one of the most common types of accidents that cause whiplash in many cases.

Collision Repair Services at Freedom Collision Center

Freedom Collision Center’s experienced technicians can help you restore your vehicle to working order. If you need collision repair services, contact our expert team today!



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