While the cause of every car accident is unique and different, it’s usually possible to blame the majority of collisions on a few common causes. Sadly, drivers are not learning from past mistakes and continue to put others at risk when they cause collisions as a result of the following:
- Distracted Driving. The leading cause of car accidents and collisions is almost always distracted driving, regardless of the state, county, or city. Distracted driving refers to texting, using a cell phone, eating, drinking, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, talking to passengers, watching a video, listening to music, or adjusting the radio.
While all of these are alarming behaviors, texting is probably the most concerning of all. Because it requires the user to be engaged visually, manually, and cognitively, it poses a serious risk. Data shows there are more than 660,000 drivers using cell phones while driving at any given moment.
- Speeding. It’s pretty difficult to ignore speeding on any list of common car accident causes. Speeding can almost always be attributed to a lack of paying attention, being in a rush, or trying to efficiently make use of time on the road. While these are all very real concerns, none of these are excuses for car accidents.
- Driving Under the Influence. As much publicity as driving under the influence receives, you would think the numbers would subside. Sadly, though, people continue to operate their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In San Diego County alone, driving or bicycling under the influence injured 1,273 victims and killed 26 victims in 2013.
While this is certainly one of the leading causes of car accidents, it is also one of the most preventable. However, the responsibility is ultimately in the hands of those on the road.
- Other Causes. Other leading causes include driver fatigue, reckless driving, rubber-necking or gawking, defective car parts, bad weather conditions, and unsafe roadways.
Accidents involving large commercial vehicles, such buses, semis, construction vehicles, big rigs, 18 wheelers, trailers, and taxis, can cause serious, catastrophic injuries. Because of the heavy equipment involved, even slow impact truck accidents may result in severe trauma and can potentially result in death. If you are involved in a trucking or bus accident, you should contact an experienced lawyer for advice and counsel.
Aguilar & Aguilar handles New Mexico auto accident claims that involve negligent truck operators, pedestrians, dangerous road conditions, traffic violations, and defective equipment.