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Common types of crashes and common-sense advice on avoiding them

Because of our unique location, McLean residents are used to having family and friends come to visit over the holidays. People know that we're near such worthwhile attractions as Washington DC, Fredericksburg, the Chesapeake Bay, Mount Vernon, Alexandria, our own Great Falls Park and much more.

Because of all that star power, we're a holiday destination, which often means we spend much of our time off showing people the sights. Unfortunately, with all that driving come increased risks of motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers and impaired drivers.

A recent article discussed common types of car accidents and how you can take steps to keep yourself, your family and your friends safe on the roads.

Right up front you are urged to take common-sense safety precautions, which means:

  • Don't drive drunk
  • Wear your seatbelt (and make sure others wear theirs)
  • Don't use your phone while you're behind the wheel

Even when you take those fundamental precautions, you can still be in a crash, of course. A safety expert said he used data from the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey to determine the most common types of wrecks, including the following:

  • Falling asleep while driving: Accounts for about 7 percent of all wrecks and about 21 percent of fatal accidents.
  • Loss of control of vehicle: Accounts for about 12 percent of all crashes.
  • Blind left turns: These turns are involved in approximately 12 percent of all motor vehicle crashes.
  • Rear-end wrecks: About 23 to 30 percent of all wrecks involve a rear-ender.
  • Drifting out of the lane: Account 30 percent of all crashes involved a failure to maintain a lane.
  • Rolling through a right-turn red light: About 6 percent of all pedestrian fatalities -- 21 percent of which include children -- involve a driver who rolls through a red light while making a right turn.

Please be careful when you are out and about during a hectic holiday season.

If you or a family member has been hurt in a car crash, contact an attorney experienced in personal injury litigation about your available legal options.

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