Car accidents can arise from a number of different things, from drunk driving and cell phone use to construction on the road. Often, it’s not an “accident” at all that causes a crash, but someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Here are some top causes of car accidents, and what you can do if you or a loved one were hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault.
1. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving, including but not limited to cell phone use, is quickly becoming the #1 cause of car accidents today.
2. Driving Recklessly
Reckless driving accounts for numerous accidents every year, and these crashes are easily preventable by simply following the rules of the road.
3. Driving Drunk
Alcohol is a major factor in motor vehicle collisions. Alcohol causes more accidents than inclement weather, car part defects, and other types of negligence like tailgating.
Most drivers have engaged in speeding at some point, but this can be a dangerous activity that causes accidents or makes resulting injuries more severe.
5. Wet Roads
Rain is surprisingly more precarious than snow or ice, and many accidents occur during a heavy rain or right after a rain when the roads are still wet and slick.
6. Young Drivers
Teen and young adult drivers tend to be less experienced behind the wheel and are also more distracted, which can be a treacherous combination.
7. Driving at Night
At night, visibility is significantly reduced, and the glare from headlights and taillights can make it even more difficult to see. Combine night driving with any other factor, like speeding or inclement weather, and you have a recipe for disaster.
8. Not Stopping
A major cause of car accidents is not stopping at red lights and stop signs. Car accidents can happen frequently when a driver tries to make a yellow light by speeding up and ends up running a red, or when a driver doesn’t come to a full stop at stop signs.
9. Changing Lanes Improperly
When drivers change lanes without looking or being aware of their surroundings, serious accidents can occur.
10. Design Defects
Defects in the design of a vehicle or its parts can contribute to or cause an accident that results in significant injuries to the driver and/or his or her passengers.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident, don’t wait to reach out to a seasoned car accident lawyer. Contact Pepper & Odom, P.C. today for a consultation at (601) 202-1111 or (205) 250-1107.