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Statistics regarding car accidents make it clear that driving can be a life-threatening activity, but it is something that we do each day. Car accidents can happen even when roadway conditions are clear and drivers are attentive. Accidents are even more common when drivers are distracted or road conditions are dangerous. Car crashes are also one of the leading causes of death or injury in the United States, and more and more people are injured or killed each year because of car accidents and our increasing population.
Studies have shown that drivers make more than 200 decisions per mile that they traveled. Making the correct decision requires the driver’s full attention. Smart phones and other handheld devices are creating more and more in automobile distractions. The specific distracted driving behaviors that are most common are:
- Cell phones
- Reaching for objects within the vehicle
- Looking at objects outside the vehicle
- Applying makeup
It is illegal in California to use a cell phone or to text while you drive. Many people, however, continue to engage in these behaviors. The public perceives that texting and driving accidents are teenage problem, but adults are actually more likely to text and drive than teenagers. Regardless, it is extremely dangerous. Studies have shown that texting while driving is 6 times more dangerous than drunk driving.
Leading Causes of Car Accidents
There are many other factors that can lead to accidents while driving a vehicle. One of the most dangerous is driving while under the influence. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol significantly slows reaction times and impairs driving. Fatal car accidents are correlated strongly with drunk driving.
Drowsy driving is also very dangerous. Driving while sleep deprived can be almost as dangerous as driving while under the influence.
Going over the speed limit and driving recklessly is also a major concern when it comes to car accidents. Speed is a factor in about one out of three fatal car crashes.
Dangerous roadways also contribute to vehicle accident everyday. Snow, ice, and other adverse weather make driving dangerous. The roadway itself can also increase the risk of accidents. Potholes, uneven pavement, poor road design, and signage issues can also contribute to accidents.
Finding the Right Auto Accident Attorney
Finding the right auto accident attorney to represent you is a very important decision. Some accidents have clear liability, such as rear end accidents. Other accidents may be harder to prove. That is when it is important to choose an attorney that has the experience and knowledge needed to fight for you.
SoCal-Attorneys, APC has the experience you need and has recovered Millions of dollars for our clients. We know what it takes to get the results. Contact us today to get a free case a valuation or free second opinion on your case!