Why Do Car Accidents Happen?

Car accidents occur daily in the United States. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, there are 2.35 million injured each year in auto accidents. These accidents occur for a multitude of reasons, but there are some reasons that contribute to accidents more often than others.

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  • Distracted Driving: One of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States is distracted driving. In fact, Distraction.gov states that there were 431,000 injuries caused by distracted drivers in 2014. Distracted driving takes on many forms, including texting, talking, eating or drinking, grooming, watching videos, looking at things on the side of the road, and adjusting controls inside the vehicle.
  • Speeding: Drivers ignore the speed limit, and when they do, it leads to devastating accidents. Some drivers will drive 10, 20, or even 30 miles over the posted speed limit. Not only is this reckless, but it increases the likelihood for more serious injuries.
  • Drunk Driving: When people drink, they lose their ability to focus and operate a vehicle safely. Drunk driving accounts for a high percentage of accidents in the country.
  • Weather: Poor weather conditions decrease visibility on the road, create slick surfaces, and increase the chance for a collision. While drivers cannot control weather, they do control how safely they operate a vehicle in poor weather – which could include simply driving at a slower speed. When drivers ignore weather conditions and speed or continue to drive recklessly, they increase the likelihood for an accident.
  • Night Driving: At night, visibility is decreased. When drivers cannot see what is ahead clearly, they are more likely to hit objects and other vehicles. Also, when there is limited lighting on the street, a driver must rely solely on headlights, which may not be sufficient.
  • Vehicle Defects: Unfortunately, defects are a common cause of car accidents. Whether it is a defective manufacturing process or a component that is defective, these can lead to devastating accidents. For example, brake pads that are installed improperly prevent a vehicle from being able to stop.
  • Aggressive Driving: From tailgating to weaving in and out of traffic, aggressive driving is a big concern on the road. Aggressive driving can lead to accidents and even instances of road rage.

Seek Legal Assistance for Your Auto Accident

Regardless of the reason, if someone caused your motor vehicle accident and was negligent, you have rights. Contact Jacobs Law, LLC to speak with an attorney about your potential case. We represent clients suffering from all types of injuries and damages associated with auto accidents, and we can help you.

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