4 Common Causes of Car Accidents
Traffic accidents result in nearly 40,000 deaths and more than 2 million injuries each year in the United States. Victims may suffer broken bones, road rash, lacerations, burn injuries, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and other catastrophic injuries. At our firm, we believe negligent or reckless drivers must be held accountable in court so they don’t harm anyone else. We want you to be informed of the most common causes of car crashes so you can take steps to increase your safety.
The 4 most common causes of car accidents in the United States include:
- Distracted driving. While using a cell phone is the most common example of distracted driving, there are several other types of distractions that could put you at risk for a crash. Visual distractions include anything that takes your eyes off the road, such as looking at the scenery or glancing down at a GPS. Manual distractions include anything that takes your hands off the wheel, such as holding a drink or fiddling with the A/C or radio controls. Furthermore, cognitive distractions include anything that take your mind off of driving. These include daydreaming, having an argument, and thinking about work or family issues.
- Drunk or drugged driving. It is estimated that more than 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents each year in the U.S. Alcohol and drugs result in impaired decision-making abilities, blurred vision, hallucinations, impaired gross and fine motor functions, dizziness, and other debilitating symptoms. Even with just one drink, a person may be impaired and unable to drive safely.
- Driver error. This involves negligent, reckless, and aggressive driving behaviors. Tailgating, failing to use turn signals, swerving between traffic lanes, and running red lights or stop signs can result in a crash. Drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road. When they get behind the wheel, they are responsible to drive in a safe and legal manner. If they drive carelessly or recklessly, this could result in a serious accident.
- Defective car parts. Although driver error and negligence is often responsible for car accidents, defective products also cause many wrecks each year. Car manufacturers may be held liable if a defective or dangerously designed component of the vehicle caused the crash. These products include faulty brakes, tires, air bags, and other vehicle components.
Tips to Increase Your Safety
While you cannot control the actions of others, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of a crash. You should practice defensive driving habits, such as maintaining a safe and legal speed, scanning the road for obstacles, and keeping a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you. In addition, you should obey all federal and state traffic laws, and exercise caution while driving in bad weather.
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