Car accidents in the U.S. are, unfortunately, more common than you might think, especially during the months of January and February. In 2019, there was an average of 102 people dying each day due to being involved in vehicle accidents. That’s not counting all the minor accidents that mostly happen due to negligent driving behavior.
This article is going to cover the topic of the most common cause of collisions in the U.S. so that you can stay safe on the road. We also want to share some of the legal implications of being in a car accident, and what’s the best course of action – if you find yourself in one.
Here are the common causes of car accidents.
Distracted Driving and Fatigue
Arguably the most common cause of collision is distracted driving. When drivers stop paying attention to the road is when accidents tend to happen. Using your cellular phone while driving, handling a child, having an argument, putting on makeup, or just daydreaming are all distractions that are common causes of motor vehicle accidents. Driving while tired can also hinder your reaction time, and consequently, put you in grave danger. Long-distance driving tends to cause fatigue, which in turn distracts the driver and can lead to a devastating car accident. If you’re behind the wheel, make sure your eyes are on the road and that you’re not sleep-deprived. Taking adequate breaks is also essential to your safety if you’re making a long trip.
Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Driving
Following distracted driving, the most common cause of a collision is reckless driving and DUI, or in layman terms, drunk driving. Speeding well over the limit, going through a red light, or just driving aggressively is already dangerous enough, add alcohol to the mix, and you’re looking at a highly likely chance of ending up in a crash. On top of that, sitting behind the wheel while under the influence will not only jeopardize your safety but it is also a serious crime. While having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more is punishable by law, you should keep in mind that even the smallest amount of alcohol can easily hamper your ability to drive and lead to an otherwise avoidable accident. If you’ve been drinking, call an Uber, or have a designated sober person drive you home.
Bad Weather and Road Conditions
Finally, the weather and road conditions can greatly influence the drivers’ ability to control their vehicle. Ice, snow, dense fog, wet roads, excessive rain, strong winds, these are all factors that make driving during bad weather one of the most common car accident causes. Driving on a poorly maintained road with potholes and other defects can be a serious hazard; however, if you end up in an accident due to dangerous roadway conditions, you are entitled to take legal action against the entity responsible for that road.
In order to avoid causing an accident, always inspect your vehicle prior to going for a long-distance drive, especially during Florida’s rainy season. When inspecting your vehicle, one thing to point out is that the most common driver error is pulling out of your driveway without a spare tire in your trunk. If possible, postpone or delay road trips when weather conditions seem to be less than ideal and make sure you are adequately prepared. Inexperienced drivers should drive more cautiously at all times, especially during heavy rainfall.
Knowing what the factors are that cause accidents might help you avoid finding yourself in one. That being said, if you, or someone close to you, has sustained an injury caused by a car accident, The Whisler Law Firm can help you by seeking compensation on your behalf. Contact us today for inquiries related to insurance claims and personal injury suits.