According to the Center for Disease Control, road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people in the U.S. aged 1 to 54 years old. Unfortunately, what this means is that you probably know someone who has been a victim of a car accident, whether it be a friend, a loved one, a coworker, or even yourself.
So, what are the most common causes of car accidents? Well, today’s blog post has got you covered. Familiarizing yourself with common car accident causes is a great way to avoid them and prevent injury. Today, our legal team here at The Law Office of Zayed Al-Sayyed is breaking down the most common causes of car accidents.
From texting to talking on the phone or even eating, distracted driving is the most common cause of road vehicle accidents in the U.S. While some of these behaviors might seem innocent enough, distracted drivers cause more accidents than both speeding and drunk driving. So, to avoid causing a distracted driving accident, make sure the road has your full attention while driving.
As you could probably imagine, speeding is another one of the most common causes of car accidents. Additionally, because speeding-related accidents occur at higher speeds (hence the name), these kinds of accidents are more likely to cause fatalities.
While speeding is something many drivers are guilty of from time to time, it can lead to incredibly dangerous scenarios, like losing control of your vehicle. The faster a vehicle travels, the harder it is to slow down or stop for obstacles, and consequentially, the risk of crashing increases.
Another common cause of car accidents is drunk driving, especially on the weekends and holidays. When people consume alcohol, their response time and ability to focus drastically reduce, therefore it is illegal to drive with anything above a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit.
Drunk driving accidents are easily preventable, as all motorists should avoid driving after drinking alcohol and/or enlist the help of a designated driver if needed.
Reckless driving covers a multitude of driving behaviors like changing lanes without looking, tailgating, excessive speeding, and ignoring road signs.
To avoid accidents caused by reckless drivers, you should maintain your focus and concentration while driving, use your signals, and keep adequate space between your vehicle and those around you.
Now that you’re familiar with the most common causes of car accidents, we hope that you will be better equipped to avoid them. However, even the best drivers can find themselves in less-than-ideal circumstances.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a car accident, the first step is to enlist the help of an experienced car accident attorney. Our legal team here at The Law Office of Zayed Al-Sayyed will relentlessly pursue the best possible outcome for your case and ensure that you receive the compensation you are owed.
Contact our team today for a free consultation.