With hundreds of millions of vehicles on thousands of roads and highways, the USA suffers a wide range of automobile accidents every single day. These accidents range from minor fender-benders to major wrecks that cause serious injuries and sometimes death. Odds are that everyone who drives will be involved in an auto accident at some point in their lives. It’s important to understand how these accidents occur and how to respond when they happen.
Every auto accident is different and the circumstances surrounding each accident depend on a large number of variables. Given the uniqueness of individual accidents, here are 3 common factors that cause automobile accidents.
High Speeds: Even with posted speed limits and police officers giving out fines to speeding drivers, drivers continue to drive at dangerously high speeds. Vehicles traveling at high speeds will leave a driver’s control because the driver has less time to react to dangers on the road. The higher the speed of the vehicle at the moment of impact, the more severe the damage to the vehicle and injuries to the occupants. High speeds are the number one cause of accidents in the US.
Distracted Driving: Distracted driving occurs when the driver’s attention leaves the road and focuses on something else. Without proper focus on the road ahead a driver is unable to react to the multitude of factors that cause accidents. Cell phones are perhaps the biggest culprit in distracted driving automobile accidents. With tempting notifications of texts, snaps, likes and comments, drivers are prone to taking their eyes off the road, putting themselves and those around them in peril of severe accidents.
Driving Under the Influence: Alcohol, illegal drugs, and even at times prescribed drugs can inhibit someone’s ability to drive. When a person is driving under the influence their judgment is severely impaired. Without the necessary cognitive abilities to react to situations on the road, or even to stay safely in their lane, many automobile accidents occur when the driver decides to drive under the influence.
In the aftermath of automobile accidents, the most important thing victims can do is hire an experienced attorney. At Craig Swapp & Associates all of our attorneys specialize in automobile accidents and have the know-how necessary to secure a fair and complete settlement for the victim’s injuries, pain, and suffering. Our goal is to take care of the insurance companies, medical providers, and medical bills so that people can focus on getting better.
Call the experienced automobile accident attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates today at 800-404-9000 for a free consultation or tell us about your accident by filling out the online form at the bottom of this page. Our attorneys are skilled and knowledgeable and are ready to help you get back on your feet.