The Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents

Smashed front end of car in auto accident

Smashed front end of car in auto accidentAuto accidents are the #1 cause of personal injury claims in the United States, accounting for 52 percent of claims brought to the average auto accident attorney. Around 10 million Americans are involved in auto accidents every year. In 2014, 33,000 of these people were killed and 2.34 million of them were injured. Sadly, the majority of these accidents could have been prevented. Most traffic accidents—involving vehicle collisions with other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, animals, or objects—are caused by human errors, and while your vehicle may be covered by someone like One Sure Insurance, the effects it can have on you are much worse. You may be fortunate enough to just need a windshield replacement and don’t feel a lawyer is necessary, however it is always worth getting advice from those who deal with accidents on a daily basis. You never know how series a case maybe until it is explored further. Make sure you have the correct representation for your case. Some cases include:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is any situation where the driver of a vehicle is doing something else while driving—texting, surfing the web, fiddling with the GPS, eating, grooming, looking for something, looking at someone in the car, or something else. Distracted driving is the #1 cause of auto accidents in America. AAA estimates that between 25 to 50 percent of all car accidents are caused by distracted driving. It only takes five seconds of distraction for a car to veer off the road or over the center line. Many people mistakenly think they are capable of multitasking, but medical studies show that the brain is only capable of handling one task at a time.

Speeding

Everyone in America seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere. This can get lethal on the road when drivers decide to go over the speed limit. Speeding accounts for almost a third (30 percent) of all car accidents. The faster a car is going, the longer it takes to stop and the more damage it can cause to the human body. Estimates say that 90 percent of drivers speed at some point in their lives, while 75 percent speed on a regular basis. Most of these drivers are not necessarily driving at excessive speeds—they may be going as little as five miles over the speed limit. Yet, the danger increases with every mile per hour over the speed limit. Is it really worth endangering your life and the lives of other people on the road because you want to get somewhere five minutes earlier?

Drunk Driving

A driver’s ability to drive starts decreasing with as little as .02 percent of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), which is the case after approximately two alcoholic drinks. The driver will exhibit reduced ability to judge moving objects and distances, reduced coordination, and reduced response time to emergency situations. The CDC estimates that, every day, 28 people are killed in accidents caused by drunk driving. That’s a little over one death every hour. In 2014, alcohol-related deaths accounted for almost a third of traffic accident deaths (almost 10,000 deaths). Even worse, around 121 million Americans report driving under the influence of alcohol every year. Besides alcohol, drugs also cause almost 16 percent of auto accidents. The numbers are sobering.

Since most accidents are caused by irresponsible human behavior, the ability to decrease the number of accidents lies in the hands of every driver. When you’re tempted to use your phone while driving or to go a few miles over the speed limit or to have a few drinks before getting behind the wheel, think of the sobering consequences. An auto accident lawyer won’t be able to help you if you’re the driver at fault. If, however, you’re not the negligent party and have suffered damages due to the recklessness of another driver, you may seek to pursue legal action against them; in which case, you could contact Demas Law Group Sacramento Car Accident Injury Lawyers if you’re in the Sacramento area.

Trackback URL: https://reddinglaw.com/top-3-causes-car-accidents/trackback/