There are all kinds of reasons why motor vehicle crashes happen ranging from distracted driving to speeding. As someone who wants to be safe on the roads, you should know that following the traffic laws is your best bet for avoiding collisions. If you follow the safety rules and stay focused on what’s going on around you, you’ll be in a good position to avoid a crash with others.
That being said, it can be hard to predict what other people will do. Some people will choose to drive while impaired or distracted, putting yourself and others at risk of harm.
Understanding common causes of crashes
There are several common reasons for car crashes including:
- Drunk driving
These three factors play a role in many of the collisions seen today.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 32 people die daily as a result of drunk driving crashes. Drunk driving crashes can be caused by alcohol impairment as well as impairment caused by prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and illicit drugs.
When someone is impaired, they cannot react the way they normally would when driving. They may be dizzy, tired or disoriented. Unfortunately, they are much more likely to cause crashes while intoxicated.
Speeding makes it harder to control a vehicle. People who speed are acting recklessly and increase the risk of serious or fatal injuries if a crash does occur.
Distractions are another factor in many crashes. Distractions can range from eating behind the wheel to texting to arguing with passengers. Anything that takes your hands off the wheel, mind off what you’re doing or eyes off the road has the potential to lead to a serious collision.
If you’re in a crash, you deserve support
When you get into a crash with a dangerous driver, you deserve support as you work towards getting your life back to normal. Distractions, drunk driving, speeding and other issues often lead to crashes, and the drivers who commit these offenses can be held liable for the damage they cause. It’s your right to look into making a claim against them.