Common Causes of Car Accidents
More people die in motor vehicle accidents each year in the United States than in other high-income countries. Millions more are injured in road crashes. Motor vehicle accidents happen for a variety of different reasons. Understanding and being aware of the common causes of accident can help reduce the likelihood of getting into a serious accident.
5 Leading Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Below is a list of the 5 common causes of traffic accidents:
1. Speeding and Reckless Driving
Speeding and driving recklessly is one of the main causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Each road has its own posted speed limit – and for good reason. When a motorist drives too fast or recklessly, he or she is less likely to be able to respond to the dangers of the road.
2. Talking or Texting on a Cell Phone
Cell phones have become a major part of our lives. We use our phones to talk, check email, text, surf the Internet, play games, and listen to music. Although cell phones are vital to our daily lives, they can also be a major distraction when we are behind the wheels of a car. If you are using your cell phone while driving, you cannot pay full attention to the road and can get into a serious accident.
3. Other Types of Distracted Driving
Unfortunately, phones are not the only types of distraction for drivers. Other common types of distractions that factors in the cause of car accidents include, eating, talking with passengers, dealing with children, changing radio stations, putting on make up, and reaching for objects in the car.
4. Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of controlled substances, such as alcohol and drugs, results in more than 33% of all traffic related accidents in the United States. Studies show that driving while intoxicated results in a 900% increase in the probability of getting into a car accident.
5. Weather Conditions
Poor weather condition is also a factor in the cause of car accidents. Bad weather condition can easily prevent drivers from being able to quickly react to other road conditions, such as potholes. Bad weather can also result in the driver having a more difficult time operating his or her car.
Regardless of what caused you to get into a car accident, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney.
Consult with a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless act of a third party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.