Four Common Causes of Car Accident Injuries and Fatalities
Car accidents occur with alarming regularity, little advance warning and at times when we least expect it. While major,-multi car accidents have the potential to result in death and long term disabilities for drivers and well as passengers, even a seemingly minor incident can result in serious car accident injuries that could permanently impact your health and wellbeing. While you may not always be able to avoid being injured by another driver, it is important to be aware of the common reasons many car accidents occur.
Common Car Accident Causes
According to early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 25,000 people died in car accidents throughout the United States in the first nine months of 2015 alone. This is an overall increase of almost ten percent over previous years, and in Florida the rate of fatal driving accidents increased by more than 16 percent. In addition to fatalities, motor vehicle accidents cause more than two million injuries each year, affecting drivers as well as passengers and resulting in almost $2.5 billion in damages. According to data from the NHTSA, some of the most common causes of car accidents include the following.
Fact sheets from the NHTSA indicate that speeding, including driving in excess of posted speeds as well as driving too fast for conditions, is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, and a contributing cause in roughly 30 percent of all highway traffic fatalities. Speeding is a particularly common problem among young people and is a factor in nearly 40 percent of all accidents for drivers under the age of 24.
Driving Under the Influence
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 30 people each day die in alcohol-related fatalities in the U.S., while as many as 80,000 people each year are injured. Despite increased public awareness, tougher laws and stronger penalties, drunk and impaired driving continues to occur, with as many as 120 million people admitting to driving under the influence.
When it comes to distracted driving, the National Safety Council states that one call can change everything when it comes to being involved in a potentially serious car accident. An estimated one in four accidents that occur each year involve cell phone use. Making calls, texting while driving, or even fiddling with GPS devices can take your attention off the road for valuable minutes, making you vulnerable to crashes and collisions that could injure yourself and others.
A CDC report on drowsy driving states drivers who are excessively tired or who fall asleep behind the wheel have become a major problem in the U.S. Drowsy drivers have slower reflexes, make poor decisions, and pay less attention to the road, all of which has a dangerous impact on their passengers as well as other drivers on the road. A survey conducted by the CDC indicates that as many as one out of every 25 drivers reported falling asleep behind the wheel at least once over the prior 30 days.
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If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a car accident, contact our experienced Florida car accident lawyer today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we understand the serious impacts these injuries can have, and can advise you on the best course of action to get the compensation you need to recover. Serving all of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, our office can help; call or contact our office online today for a free consultation today.