Thousands of people are involved in car accidents that result in injury or death each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Association and the CDC injury center, car accidents are the leading cause of death in the U.S. It is not a secret that the leading causes of car accidents are unfortunately the result of human error; however, awareness and education are still the only prevention.
Distracted Driving: Distracted driving has been and will continue to be the leading cause of car accidents for years to come. The NHTSA estimated 666,000 people (not just teens) drive while distracted. Distracted can mean eating, texting, or interaction with passengers, pretty much anything besides watching the road. The most common car accident that occurs as a result of distracted driving is rear-end collisions.
Driving Under the Influence: There are a lot of sobering facts around car accidents as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to the NHTSA, every day, 29 people in the U.S. die, this is one death every 50 minutes in car accidents that involve impaired drivers.
Hazardous Weather Conditions: Rain with the wet pavement is the top contributor to weather-related car accidents, but is followed closely by winter weather and fog. The Federal Highway Administration reported that nearly 4,900 fatal crashes and over 301,000 injury crashes occur each year as a result of hazardous weather.
There are nearly 222 million drivers on the road. Drivers of all ages, driving vehicles of all sizes in unavoidable weather conditions, car accidents are bound to occur. Do your part while being both a driver and a passenger to avoid being involved with one of the leading causes of car accidents. If you are a loved one has been injured or has become the victim of a car accident, you may be able to recover your damages or loses. Contact Reginald Keith Davis, Attorney at Law @ (913) 299-8789.