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Common Causes of Car Accidents

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Common Causes of Car Accidents

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: Drivers slowing down their cars to watch what is going on
  • Cell phones: Drivers using their commute time to make phone calls
  • Driver fatigue
  • Passenger distractions
  • Looking at scenery
  • Adjusting the radio

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:

  • Drunk driving: It is estimated that every 30 minutes, a person dies in an alcohol-related crash.
  • Reckless drivers: Drivers who drive recklessly or unsafely cause accidents through their aggressive driving. This may come as a result of improper or excessive lane changing, speeding, or improper passing on the road.
  • Automobile defects: A car accident may occur because of a defect in a driver's car  in such a situation, the car manufacturer or supplier may be held liable.
  • Tire blow out: due to defective tires or poor roads
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals
  • Other highway defects, such as a defective guardrail.

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 a personal injury 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: 07-21-2017 11:12 AM PDT

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