Common Causes of Car Accidents

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Over 40,000 Americans die in car crashes every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is involved in an automobile accident every ten seconds. It is estimated that a person will die in a car crash every 12 minutes. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans 35 years old and younger.

What is the Leading Cause of Car Accidents?

The majority of car accidents are caused by irresponsible driving behavior. Statistics also show that 98 % of car accidents involve a single distracted driver. Some common causes include:

Rubbernecking is the leading cause of accidents and causes many traffic delays. There is also a trend to enact laws eliminating or limiting the use of cell phones in the car. When determining whether a driver was negligent, courts may look at factors such as driving above or below the speed limit, failing to signal, ignoring weather or traffic conditions, disobeying traffic signs, or driving under the influence.

What are the Other Causes of Car Accidents?

There are other causes of car accidents, including:

Do I Need a Lawyer Experienced with Car Accidents?

If you have been in a car accident and believe that the liability of the other driver, a car manufacturer or supplier, or even the government can be established, you may wish to consult with an attorney. A lawyer would be able to help you with your claim or claims and decide which, if any, to pursue.

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Last Modified: 06-12-2014 10:40 AM PDT

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