Car accidents are a fact of life on America’s roads, and whatever the cause of your car accident, it can change your life in an instant. Many accidents are entirely preventable and the result of another driver’s negligence. Driving requires your undivided attention in order to account for traffic, adverse weather, and other potential hazards while also obeying all traffic safety laws. Negligent or impaired driving can cause catastrophic injuries, property damage, and even death.
Keep reading to learn more about the major causes of car accidents. And if you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers at 888-612-7001 or request your free consultation online to get started.
Major Causes of Car Accidents
Throughout Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, thousands of drivers are involved in car accidents each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents are the number one cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 to 54.
While some of these car accidents are due to bad weather or poor road conditions, most car accidents are caused by driver error. For example, the North Carolina Department of Transportation lists failure to reduce speed, inattention, and failure to yield right of way as the top three contributing factors to car accidents. These are some of the most common causes of car accidents:
Anything that takes a driver’s attention off the road for even a second can lead to a car accident. Texting, eating, talking to passengers, and changing radio stations are just some of the most common distractions that can lead to devastating car accidents. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) attributes thousands of car crashes each year to distracted driving.
Driving at a safe speed and following all posted speed limits can avert disaster on the road. Speed limits exist for a reason, and when a driver exceeds these limits, they risk losing control of their vehicle, failing to stop in time for another car or person in the road, and otherwise endangering themselves and their fellow motorists.
Failure to Obey Traffic Signals and Rules
Traffic laws are in place to keep all of us safe. Speeding, running red lights, ignoring traffic signs, following too closely, and other illegal driving behaviors cause car accidents. In South Carolina alone, these dangerous behaviors cause over 6,000 crashes a year, making it one of the most common causes of car accidents. Disregarding traffic laws or driving while too distracted to follow them can be deadly.
Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol kills. Georgia sees over 300 deaths and thousands of injuries per year due to impaired driving, and the SCDPS’s statistics for 2013-2017 show that there were 28,235 DUI-related collisions reported statewide during this four year period alone.
Drunk driving can lead to some of the most devastating car accidents on the road. Alcohol can impair vision, judgment, and cognitive functions, and when someone gets behind the wheel in this compromised state, it can cause an accident resulting in grievous injuries, property damage, and death.
Driving While High
In addition to alcohol, both illegal and legal drugs can make it difficult to drive safely and all too easy to cause a serious car accident. Even if a drug is prescribed by a doctor, it is a driver’s responsibility not to get behind the wheel if they are too drowsy or otherwise impaired to drive.
Adverse weather conditions may seem unavoidable, but how drivers respond to them can make the difference between life and death. It is every driver’s responsibility to exercise good judgment, such as reducing their speed in bad weather, and the failure to do so can make a driver liable for causing any car accident that occurs.
Involved in a Car Accident? Contact a Sink Law Attorney Today!
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. You may be suffering from serious injuries and worried about your family’s future. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we understand what you are going through. Having our team of experienced Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina car accident attorneys on your side is the first step toward getting the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys understand state and local laws governing car accidents caused by all manner of driver negligence, and we are proud of our track record of standing up for those injured in car accidents through no fault of their own. Contact Sink Law today for your free, no-obligation case review, and trust us to fight for you!