Obviously, there are many, many causes of car collisions, however the most common causes include the following:
- Distraction may well be the top cause of car collisions in our increasingly-busy society. We multi-task through life, and continue those behaviors even when we are behind the wheel. At any given moment, it is a sure bet that the majority of the drivers on the road have at least a part of their mind and attention somewhere else. They are thinking about work, what they will cook for dinner, plans for the upcoming weekend and which child needs to be picked up/dropped off at what time. Add to the mental distraction some actual physical distractions, and you can see why distraction behind the wheel equals severe risk of an accident. Drivers talk on their phone, send or read text messages, eat a full meal, talk to their passengers, turn around to see what the children are doing in the back seat, fiddle with the radio or GPS or look at what’s happening on the side of the road. 3,154 people were killed in auto collisions involving a distracted driver in 2013, with 424,000 people injured.
- Speeding has long been one of the top factors in car accidents. Excessive speed makes it much more likely a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle, resulting in a one-car or multi-car accident. While most drivers are aware of at least some of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit, many fail to realize how much longer it will take to come to a stop at higher speeds.
- Bad weather conditions, such as snow, rain and fog, exponentially increase the likelihood of a car accident. The weather conditions make it much more difficult to come to a quick stop, while also decreasing visibility.
- Tailgating is another top factor in automobile collisions. Tailgaters are likely to be impatient drivers, and impatience behind the wheel can have deadly consequences. When following another driver too closely, the margin of error is greatly reduced. Remember your driver’s education lessons—one car length for every ten miles per hour of speed.
- Reckless driving can quickly result in a serious, even fatal accident. We’ve all seen the driver who changes from lane to lane, quickly and impatiently, fails to use turn signals, and, overall, drives too aggressively.
- Impaired drivers, whether under the influence of alcohol or drugs, cause a significant number of auto collision deaths each and every year.
If you are the victim of an auto accident, it is important to discover who was responsible and why. Having an experienced Longmont car accident attorney by your side can help determine the cause of the accident, which can be crucial to your settlement.
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