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What are the top causes of car accidents?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

In the moment, it is often hard to understand what caused a car accident. It seems to happen without warning and out of the blue. All you hear is the screech of the tires, and then you feel the impact, and you have no idea what went wrong — except that you know someone else made a mistake.

In studying these accidents, though, researchers have been able to determine some of the top reasons why they happen. Understanding why can help you avoid accidents in some situations, and it can help you know how to seek financial compensation if you’re injured due to someone else’s error.

So why do these accidents happen?

While every accident is unique, one of the most common reasons for a crash is distracted driving. This often means that the driver was on their phone, but it can also mean a lot of other things. the driver could have been picking a new song on the radio station, for instance, or typing a destination into their GPS.

Another big issue is drunk driving or impaired driving. Typically, more than 10,000 people in the United States lose their lives every year due to drunk driving accidents. Plus, impairment does not always mean the use of alcohol, but could refer to drugged driving, as well.

Speeding and reckless driving also factor in. These are more common with young drivers. Often, people who engage in these activities do not fully understand just how dangerous they are. If they really realized that they could cause serious injuries or death, they would slow down and focus on defensive driving, but they think it will be fine — and only realize that it won’t after the wreck.

Finally, there is a cause that we can’t control: Weather conditions. If it’s raining, foggy or if the roads are icy, then the odds of a serious accident go up. And, while drivers may not be able to control the weather, they can control how they drive in it. It’s very important they do not go too fast for conditions.

Your options after a crash

Have you been injured in an accident caused by another driver, perhaps in one of the ways discussed above? You may be able to seek out financial compensation, and it’s important that you know how to do so.