If you were involved in a car accident, one of the most important factors
which will have a bearing on your case is who was at fault in the accident.
Proving liability is more easily said than done and it can prove to be
difficult determining who caused the collision. Understanding what the
most common causes of car crashes are could help you discover why your
accident occurred and who was to blame. In
personal injury law,
car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death, so it is important
to be aware of the causes of accidents and how to get the compensation
Top Three Causes of Accidents
It may come as a surprise to learn that the leading cause of car accidents
in the U.S. is distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, in 2010, there were over 3,000 deaths directly
related to distracted driving.
There are three categories of driver distraction:
- Manual- Manual distraction occurs when a driver actually takes their hands
off of the wheel. This could be to eat, put on make-up, text, etc.
- Visual- This is when the driver takes their eyes off of the road. Sending
a text while driving means that the driver's eyes are off the road
for approximately 4.6 seconds. This may not seem like a lot, but it is
equivalent to driving blind across the length of an entire football field.
- Cognitive- Cognitive distraction means that the individual's mind is
not on what they are doing.
The second most common cause of car accidents is speeding. Not only is
a collision at high speeds more serious, but a speeding driver has less
time to react to obstacles. If it was determined that speed was a factor
in a car accident, the driver could not only be facing a personal injury
lawsuit, but criminal charges as well as they were breaking the law.
The third most common cause of car accidents is drunk driving. In the U.S.,
it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or above.
Having a BAC of less than that, however, could also impair an individual's driving.
Injured in an accident? Take action.
All of these incidents are serious and if you or a loved one was injured
by a negligent driver, the responsible individual needs to be held accountable
for what they have done. Our team at the
Saffa Law Group is committed to helping victims of car accidents get the compensation
You can contact our Charlotte personal injury office at any time for a
free case evaluation or to schedule an appointment.
You deserve to have committed representation in the aftermath of a serious
accident. Call today!