Most Common Causes of Car Accidents
Sadly, most motor vehicle accidents are completely preventable through proper care and caution, and can usually be attributed to driver negligence, reckless driver behavior, or manufacturer negligence.
The most common driver-related causes of car accidents include:
Whether a driver is texting, talking on the phone, manipulating the radio, or eating, they put others on the road at risk. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous. A driver can be distracted visually, physically, and cognitively, all of which can result in detrimental consequences.
A variety of activities can distract a driver enough to cause an accident, including:
- Putting on makeup
- Talking to a passenger
An organization called TeenSafe® estimates that distracted driving accounts for nearly 25 percent of all fatal car accidents.
When a driver operates a vehicle while impaired, they don't have the cognitive ability to handle various rigors of the road or to react to other drivers appropriately. Additionally, drunk driving can cause an individual to become drowsy, have slowed reaction times, and to lose focus on the road.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health's (NSDUH) 2016 study estimated that 20.7 million people over the age of 16 had driven while intoxicated during the past year. An equally alarming statistic by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that alcohol was involved in 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was a factor in 30 percent of fatal crashes during the year 2012. Intoxicated drivers were more likely to speed, creating a dangerous combination of causes contributing to serious or even fatal accidents.
Because many common causes of car accidents are negligence or recklessness and could have been avoided, you need a lawyer who can reconstruct the accident, determine the cause, and use the cause to point to the responsible party.
Running Red Lights
Running a red light or rolling into the intersection while making a right turn on red can have fatal consequences. According to Slate.com, rolling while turning right at a red light accounts for 6 percent of pedestrian deaths. While drivers are looking left for oncoming cars, they ignore the pedestrians coming down the right side sidewalk.
Driving while angry or rushed can easily result in devastating injury. This can often lead to rollovers and other serious crashes. Following another driver too closely makes it difficult to avoid an accident in the event that traffic stops suddenly. This type of reckless driving can lead to rear-end accidents.
According to the NSDUH, 11.8 million drivers drove under the influence of drugs during the year 2016. The most common drug found was marijuana. It is estimated that drivers that have marijuana components in their system are two times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than sober drivers.
Prescription drugs can also lead to accidents. A 2010 study found that 47 percent of drivers with drugs in their system involved in fatal accidents had used a prescription drug. Even common drugs prescribed by your doctor can impair your senses and ability to avoid accidents.
According to studies, driving while drowsy is even more dangerous than driving drunk. A study by the NHTSA found that 23 percent of drivers involved in accidents were classified as fatigued.
Other Potential Causes of Car Accidents
While negligent, reckless behavior can lead to many accidents, there are other factors where the driver may not be at fault.
Some accidents can be caused by the equipment of the vehicle itself. Malfunctions can be the result of defective vehicle equipment: when tires are not properly measured and filled, brakes give out, the steering wheel locks up, and more. In these cases, the manufacturer may be responsible.
Safety-related auto defects, such as faulty steering components, defective fuel components, bad accelerator controls, and poorly manufactured wheels, can cause devastating accidents. If a poorly designed or manufactured auto part directly led to your accident, you may be eligible for a product liability claim.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Potholes, unkept roads, or other dangerous factors are the responsibility of the transit authority to maintain. If dangerous road conditions led to your accident, you could be eligible for a premises liability lawsuit. We can help you compile evidence that negligence on the part of the transit authority led to your accident.
The Importance of a Lawyer in Determining the Cause of Your Accident
Large corporations, such as auto manufacturers and government agencies, will have their own lawyer on their side to protect their own interests, but our lawyers are committed to helping you protect your best interests and receive full financial compensation.
Our firm works with in-house investigators, reconstruction experts, and local authorities to establish causation and determine liability. Because of the impact that the cause of your accident can have on your case, you need a legal team with a proven track record of success on your side. To schedule your free consultation, call one of our three convenient locations or message us online.