Of course, distracted driving and North Carolina’s weather conditions play a part in motor vehicle accidents. Are you familiar with other causes of car accidents that you do not hear about as often? 

To better help you determine the cause of (and avoid) a car accident, see what Smart Motorist has to say. The road has more hazards than you may realize. 

Poor tire maintenance 

You must keep your vehicle’s tires properly inflated. Both over- and underinflation can lead to an accident or tire failure. Your tires need the right amount of tread to maintain proper contact and traction with the road, which is not possible with improperly inflated tires. Also, beware of worn-out tires and uneven tire wear. 

Temporary road hazards  

While you may know to anticipate the intersections, school zones and bends on local streets, you may encounter temporary hazards such as construction zones, accidents, improperly parked vehicles and wildlife. Anything you do not expect to encounter could lead to an accident. 

Faded signs  

Drivers depend on road signs to prepare them for steep curves, animal crossings, roundabouts and narrow roadways. When such signs fade and become unreadable, motorists do not know what is ahead, a lack of knowledge that could trigger an accident. 

Potholes 

Driving over potholes can ruin your vehicle’s steering and suspension, which can cause an accident while traveling at high speeds. Even at low speeds, you need proper steering capabilities to be a safe driver rather than a liability to other vehicles. 

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.