In the United States, thousands of people get into car accidents every day, some of which result in catastrophic or even fatal consequences. The troubling fact is that many of these accidents are preventable, as oftentimes, they are caused by driver error, negligence, or most commonly, distraction.
Did you know that cell phone usage accounts for 26% of car accidents, according to a report from the National Safety Council? It is also one of the leading causes of death for teen drivers. Cell phone usage is just one of many forms of driver distraction that pose a great risk to the safety of drivers.
Driving requires the operator’s undivided attention at all times. Distractions undermine a driver’s ability to properly handle a vehicle. Take, for instance, the previous example of cell phone usage. If a driver is looking down at a phone, an accident can happen in those slight few seconds where the driver’s eyes are off the road.
Other Common Causes of Accidents
The law regards driving as a privilege and can easily revoke those privileges if someone is found in violation of the law. This is why laws against cell phone usage and driving were put into place, in addition to the many of traffic laws on the books.
Here are some of the other most common causes of car accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Cell phone use
- Traffic violations
- Reckless driving
- Rough weather conditions
- Driver fatigue
- Roadway defects
- Defective automobile parts or engine
If you were involved in an auto accident and you believe that driver was at-fault, you should consult with a South Carolina car accident lawyer to help you make file a personal injury claim. Remember that claims after a car accident can be used to pay for the costs of treating your injuries, including the emotional trauma that you may have suffered, lost work wages, and other losses.
Don’t stay silent if you are suffering from injuries after a car accident. Get George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers to review your case for FREE and see how we can help get you on the road to healing.