Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Over a million car accidents are estimated to happen every year. Of these million accidents, 50 thousand are fatal. And, nearly 30 thousand car accidents happen a day.
Every car accident is unique. Yet, there are some similar causes that lead to accidents.
Here’s what you should know:
One of the leading causes of car accidents is speeding. People who recklessly speed have less control over their vehicles. If a speeding driver suddenly has to stop before a collision, then their time frame to brake is lessened because of their speed. Speeding drivers may also have less reaction time to obstacles in the road.
Alcohol impairs senses that are necessary for safe driving. Drunk drivers may make poor decisions, run lights, speed and misjudge distances between cars. Drunk driving can happen at any time of the day despite what is commonly believed.
A distraction while driving can limit people’s reaction times. A distracted driver may not notice other vehicles and cause an accident. The most common cause of distracted driving is texting.
People may react to their emotions while driving. Aggressive behaviors while driving can lead to accidents. Some aggressive driving patterns include speeding, tailgating and brake checking.
Driving negligence can happen in many ways. Distracted and drunk driving are just a few. Some other causes of negligent driving are running red lights, ignoring signals and avoiding construction signs.
An auto accident can cause severe injuries and losses. Drivers who are injured in an accident may need to learn about their legal rights when seeking compensation.