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What Are the Common Causes of Car Accidents?

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 you deserve.

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 Firm is committed to helping victims of car accidents get the compensation they deserve.

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!