Top Five Causes of Car Accidents

The Rockafellow Law Firm offers the following list of the top five causes of car accidents, in the hope that awareness of these dangers will lead to increased vigilance and greater safety.

1. Distracted Drivers

This is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States. The number of distractions in our modern world is continually increasing, and any one of a number of distractions can pull a driver’s attention away from the road, including:

  • Texting
  • Dialing and talking on the phone
  • Eating
  • Tending to children or other passengers
  • Looking for lost items

2. Speeding

Speeding is so common that in our culture we often regard posted speed limits as suggestions, not requirements. The greater the speed of a vehicle, the longer it takes to stop, and the stronger the force of the impact in a collision. According to the National Safety Council, speeding kills over 13,000 people each year.

3. Driver Fatigue

Call it fatigue, tiredness or drowsiness. By whatever name, driving when drowsy is as dangerous as driving drunk. A study by AAA found that a drowsy driver caused one of every six deadly car crashes. Getting off the road to take a brief nap can save your life and somebody else’s.

4. Drunk Driving

Hundreds of people die each year because of drunk drivers in Arizona. Many drunk drivers believe they are in control, even though they are extremely impaired and a danger to themselves and others. If you plan on going out drinking, it is crucial to have a designated driver who will not drink any alcohol at all.

5. Rain

Many drivers travel familiar routes when commuting to work or going to a store. Habitual driving and bad weather is often a dangerous combination because many drivers do not realize that they must slow down more than normal on slick roads in decreased visibility. Pay extra attention when driving in rainy weather by keeping your eyes on the car in front of you, and if possible, avoiding braking suddenly so that your car doesn’t skid out of control.

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