Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Did you know nearly 1.3 million people die in car accidents every year throughout the world, which means an average of 3.287 people die every day? In the United States alone, more than 37,000 people die every year due to road crashes, and more than 2.35 million are injured or disabled in car accidents every year in the U.S. What is even more sobering to consider is that many car accidents can/could have been prevented. Many people do not take driving a vehicle seriously and risk their life, as well as others' lives, daily.

Car accidents can occur for a myriad of reasons, but the top causes of car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk Driving
  • Reckless Driving
  • Night Driving
  • Unsafe Lane Changes
  • Poorly Maintained Vehicles

Protect Yourself & Others

All too often, individuals do not consider the risks of texting, answering the phone, replying to an email, or checking social media while driving. The number one cause of car accidents in the U.S. is distracted driving. Whether a person is using their phone, fiddling with their GPS, eating, drinking, or talking with other passengers while driving, they are risking their life, their passengers' lives, and other drivers' lives. Speeding, reckless driving, and unsafe lane changes also put your life, as well as others' lives, in danger. It is imperative drivers follow the rules of the road—otherwise serious accidents and injuries can occur.

Drunk driving is another common cause of car accidents that can easily be prevented. When people drink alcohol, they become impaired—it is as simple as that. Driving drunk not only impairs your judgment, but your reaction time, as well. If your vehicle is poorly maintained or has a default part, you're in danger of either causing or being involved in an accident. It is vital you ensure your car is properly maintained and serviced when necessary to avoid accidents.

If you have been involved in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, please contact Arnold & Itkin. We have years of experience and can help you receive the monetary compensation you deserve.


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