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5 Common Reasons for Car Accidents

By on Aug 22, 2016 in blog |

32,675 people died in car accidents during 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Car accidents can occur for an overwhelming number of reasons.  Here are some common causes of vehicle accidents to keep in mind when you’re out on the road.

Distracted Driving

With advances in technology, it is easier than ever to multi-task.  Texting, talking on the phone, or making a quick post to Facebook have become commonplace while out and about.  Distracted driving is not limited to our gadgets.  Eating, reading, and even personal grooming are other activities taking our eyes off the road.  While you’re driving, put all those temptations away.  There are apps available that will prevent you from using your phone once a minimum rate of speed has been reached.

Poor Weather Conditions

When the weather gets bad, so do the roads.  Rain, ice, snow, and fog can make an otherwise pleasant drive treacherous.  Slow down and allow more time to reach your destination.  If the conditions are particularly challenging, pull over and take a break until things improve.

Drunk Driving

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 9,967 fatalities from traffic accidents involved an alcohol-impaired driver.  This accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths for the year as a result of car accidents.  If you’re planning a night out, be sure to find a designated driver to help ensure everyone gets home safely.

Running Through Traffic Signals

Traffic lights and stop signs should never be ignored, even if you believe no one else is coming.  A significant number of side impact accidents are the result of a party who missed the traffic signal.

Car Manufacturing Defects

Sometimes car accidents have nothing to do with you or another driver.  Automakers have experienced issues with their products that have resulted in car accidents, and in some cases fatalities.  Some notable examples include Ford’s cruise control malfunction for 1996-2010 models and Audi’s unintended acceleration troubles in their models from the 1980s.

When you’re in a crash, you want a local Sandy car accident lawyer who is experienced in handling these types of cases.

For more information on these common causes of car accidents or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact your local Sandy car accident lawyer, Symkoviak Law,  today!