Published On: Mon, Mar 20th, 2017

Why Do Car Accidents Happen?

Car accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Someone may blow through a red light, run a stop sign or fail to pay attention and rear end someone. However, accidents can also be weather related. Before you consider how to sell your car online, here are a list of states and some of the top weather-related reasons why accidents occur in these states.


One of the top reasons for accidents in Arizona is a dust storm. When it gets windy outside, the dust and dirt on the ground can kick up and cause black-out light conditions for drivers. It can be challenging to see what is in front of you when you are in a dust storm, which can cause an accident. There are usually several signs that a dust storm is coming, allowing you to pull off to the side of the road and wait out the conditions. Whatever you do, do not stop in the middle of the road until the dust storm blows over. Other drivers may continue to drive and hit you, causing an accident. Most Arizonians will then take traffic school to have the points correlated with the accidents taken off their record.

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One of the top reasons for accidents in Minnesota is black ice. Black ice is ice that forms on the roadway. However, most drivers can’t see it or do not know it is there because it simply looks like the rest of the road. Once the driver drives over it though, they are well aware of its presence, causing them to slip and slide all over the road ways. Black ice is extremely dangerous and deadly. While highway workers salt the road to protect the roads from black ice and to melt existing patches, driving slowly on cold, icy mornings and nights is the best way to protect yourself against these deadly occurrences.


Florida is filled with fun and sunshine. But the state also get a lot of rain. In fact, some of these rains are so sudden and dramatic that they can make it hard for drivers on the road to see. Add in the fact that many drivers in the state of Florida are elderly and/or tourists and you have a huge recipe for disaster. If you are driving on the road and the skies begin to open and your visibility is affected, it is advised that you pull over to the shoulder of the road or off the highway and sit there until the storm has passed. Many drivers make the mistake of just stopping where they are, but other drivers may not see them and could hit them.


Chicago may be nicknamed the windiest city in the United States, but Texas have many cities that fall into the top ten windiest cities in the US. This can pose quite a danger when driving. You may be in one lane and a strong wind gust can blow you over into another unexpectedly, causing an accident. This is why wind is the number one weather related cause of accidents in the state of Texas. If you are driving on a Texas road, be aware that there are commonly 10 to 20 mile per hour wind gusts on a normal day. On a bad day, these gusts can exceed 80 miles per hour. Driving slower than the speed limit and fully controlling your car can help you avoid an accident in these blustery conditions.

Many accidents on the roadways are caused by driver negligence. However, others are caused by weather-related factors. If you are looking to stay safe on the roadways, a defensive driving course can help you. This course will teach you skills that can help you proactive and defensive against both other drivers and weather elements.

Author: Anwar Hossain


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