Nationwide, there are five driver behaviors that cause the majority of
car accidents. These are:
2. Distracted Driving
3. Drunk Driving
4. Aggressive Driving
5. Driver Fatigue
When a driver is speeding, his ability to approach and adjust to curves
or objects in the road is reduced. Speeding decreases the time a driver
has to react to a potential danger and increases the distance necessary
to stop a vehicle. Most of all, speeding increases the energy released
in a car crash, so it increases the likelihood of serious injury and death.
According to statistics compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS), a speed increases from 40 to 60 mph causes the energy released
in a car crash to double.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics indicate
that speeding is a factor in almost one-third of car crashes.
Driver distraction is a factor in at least one-quarter of U.S. traffic accidents. Distracted
driving is of so much concern that U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood
declared distracted driving an epidemic. He is leading national efforts
to ban driver distractions such as text messaging and handheld cell phone
use while driving.
According to NHTSA data, use of a wireless device while driving is the
number one source of driver inattention. Recent studies show that talking
on a cell phone while driving slows a driver’s reaction time as
much as a 0.08 BAC and quadruples a driver’s risk of being involved
in a car crash.
Cell phone use is just one form of driver distraction. Other causes of
West Palm Beach distracted driving accidents include:
• Slowing down to look at an accident (16% )
• Distracted by surrounding scenery (10%)
• Children or other passengers (9%)
• Adjusting your music player (7%)
• Reading while driving (2%)
Four young people under the age of 21 die every day due to alcohol-impaired
car accidents. In 2009, 9,813 or 32% of all fatal crashes involved a driver
under the influence of alcohol.
Reckless or aggressive driver behavior is a common cause of car accidents.
Aggressive driving includes “road rage” and behaviors such
as rude gestures, frequent lane changes, aggressive tailgating, deliberately
preventing another driver from passing, flashing lights at other drivers,
failure to regard right-of-way signs, and disregarding traffic signals.
These behaviors can lead to serious car accidents.
According to the NHTSA, tired and
drowsy drivers cause nearly 100,000 accidents every year in the U.S. Most of these accidents
occur between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.
All these causes of accidents are avoidable!!!
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a South Florida car accident
and the other driver was speeding, distracted, under the influence, aggressive
or tired, you have rights.
Contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. to schedule a free appointment with a
West Palm Beach car crash attorney. For more information, call 1-(561) 600-5605.
Be sure to request our free guide: “What The Insurance Companies Don’t Want You To Know.”