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Every year thousands of people are involved in automobile accidents ranging from the incredibly minor to life-threatening. In addition to the toll they take on you, they necessitate millions of dollars in property and collision repair. The real tragedy is that so many of these issues could have been avoided in the first place.

Auto Accident

So what are the causes of accidents? They really just fall into a few categories, and most are incredibly easy to avoid. So read on and you’ll better understand the basics of what causes accidents and how to avoid them.


Sounds simple, but think about this one (not while driving). Using a cell phone, eating, applying makeup, and even having an intense conversation with someone in the car all take your mind off the road. Focus on the task at hand, which is driving your car and plan enough time to do all of those other things before or after you go for a drive.

Altered Driving.

This shouldn’t even be called an accident. Alcohol, drugs, and tired driving make you an accident waiting to happen. Avoid driving when you’re not at your best. This includes something as simple as not leaving for a road trip after having worked a full day or planning ahead when attending an event serving alcohol.


Here we’re going to include everything from speeding to aggressive driving. The only thing that these behaviors do is put you in danger of not making it to your destination. If someone cuts you off, use your horn to let them know rather than riding too close or swerving around them. It’ll keep you safe, your car out of the body shop, and maybe your civility will rub off on the next driver.

So many car accidents fall into these three categories. Drive safely and keep your car out of the body shop to avoid costly collision repairs.

If you do end up on the wrong end of an accident and need a body shop, then you should call Michael J’s Body Shop at 408-279-2070. Our collision repair experts will get your car fixed properly and out of the body shop as quickly as possible.