• May
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

    Car accidents can range from tragic to trivial. Some end with nothing but a scratch or a ding, while others end with severe injury or even death. Roughly six million car accidents happen every single year in the United States, and many of them end with injuries and fatalities.

    Unfortunately, the only truly effective way of avoiding being involved in a car accident is to stay at home: no matter how careful a driver you are, you can’t do anything about the other drivers with whom you share the road. What you can do, however, is learn about the most common causes of car accidents so that you can avoid them.

    Below you will find the most common causes of car accidents in the United States. If you or someone you love is involved in an accident that caused injury or death, we can help.

    1. Distraction – Whether a driver is reaching for the radio knobs, turning their head to talk to a passenger, or texting, taking your eyes off of the road is one of the top reasons that accidents happen.
    2. Driving under the influence – You should never drink and then get behind the wheel. There are plenty of options available for alternative ways of getting to your destination safely.
    3. Speeding – The faster you go, the less control you have over your vehicle and the more likely it is that you will get into an accident.
    4. Reckless driving – Beyond going too fast, reckless driving entails driving aggressively and without paying attention to the rules of the road.
    5. Wet roads – When it is raining or the road is wet for any other reason, it becomes slippery and difficult to maintain control. If the wetness is exacerbated by precipitation that obscures visibility, things become even more dangerous.
    6. Disobeying traffic signals and signs – When you run through a red light, fail to stop for a stop sign, or don’t yield before entering a highway, you put yourself and those around you at risk.
    7. Poor visibility – Whether rain, darkness, condensation on the windshield or snow that hasn’t been cleared from the hood of your car or the roof of the car ahead of you, when you can’t see the road and vehicles around you, you can’t drive with the care that is needed.

    If you’ve been involved in a car accident that was caused by another driver, contact one of our attorneys today to set up a time to discuss your situation.

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