Car Accident Causes
The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA),
car accidents occur every minute around the world. About 43,000 people
are killed in the U.S. from these accidents, while almost
3 million sustain injuries annually. Car collisions have become so prevalent that some estimate car accident
casualties will exceed the mortality and disability rates for HIV and AIDS.
Causes of Car Accidents in California
There are several different reasons why someone could get in an accident.
These include the following:
Distracted Driving: A motorist who diverts his or attention from the road causes the most accidents.
They could be unfocused due to using a cell phone, eating, or talking
to another person. Out of these distractions,
texting is one of the most dangerous and claims lives every year.
Speeding: The faster an individual drives, the harder it is for them to react to
road hazards. Those who are driving at speeds that exceed 10mph above
the legal speed limit are more likely to cause an accident and can be
aggressive drivers, held liable for their actions.
Drunk Driving: Individuals who have had too much to drink are most likely severely impaired
when they begin to drive. Alcohol slows down brain functions so individuals
are often unfocused, falsely confident, and generally react slower to
situations when they are drunk driving.
Ignoring Road Signs: Those who don't obey road signs can often cause accidents because their
actions are not in compliance with the general rule of the road, causing
confusion for other drivers. These can often include running stop signs
or ignoring traffic lights.
Weather Conditions: Unsafe weather conditions can often cause increased risk of accidents.
Rain, snow, hail, fog, and wind make it harder for drivers to control
their vehicles. Extra precaution should be taken when driving in these
types of situations.
Tailgating: Drivers who are overly impatient or angry may drive too close to another
car. They may the be unable to react quickly when the car in front of
them brakes. Each car should be at least one car length behind another
for every 10mph that an individual is driving.
Drowsy Driving: People that are overly fatigued may experience driving impairment because
their reaction time is slower. They may even close their eyes while driving.
To avoid drowsy driving, it is advised that people who find themselves
falling asleep pull over to take a short nap.
Were you the victim of a car accident?
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