Between 2005 and 2015 there were approximately 15,000 car accidents per day, totaling about five million accidents per year in the United States alone. Just last year, there were more than 40,000 automotive deaths in the United States. Auto accidents are caused by a number of things, but here are some of the most common causes of car accidents.
Distracted driving is one of the main causes of car accidents and it is becoming an increasingly larger threat every year. As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous, we find that it’s nearly impossible to escape the distractions of such a technologically advance world. However, if you want to avoid any lawsuits or having to call an auto accident attorney, you need to limit distractions by leaving the radio alone while driving and putting your cell phone where you can’t reach it.
Technology isn’t the only distraction, however. For many of us, eating, drinking and talking while driving is just a normal part of commuting. While we may think we can drive just fine while doing these things, the reality is that we can’t. If you drop food on your lap or spill coffee on your shirt, you are going to become incredibly distracted very quickly. So, avoid eating or drinking while driving and keep your eyes on the road at all times.
This one should be obvious, yet so many people still do this every day. Never drink and drive. Not only are you risking your own life by driving drunk, but you are risking the lives of innocent people. Many people have to hire an auto accident attorney or even a wrongful death attorney every year because someone else chose to drive drunk instead of calling someone for a ride. Don’t be that person; call a friend or family member if you can’t drive.
Speeding is the second leading cause of car accidents. So, while it may be tempting to speed, especially if you are late for work or have a class you need to get to, think twice next time before you do. There’s a very good chance that someone will have to call an auto accident attorney if you do and you may end up facing a lawsuit. Plus, speeding is illegal, and you will get pulled over.
Running Red Lights
Nearly every auto accident attorney has dealt with a case where an accident was caused by someone running a red light. Red means stop, period end of story. Someone’s life is more important than you making it to work or class on time. Follow the law and don’t run red lights.
If you have been in an auto accident, contact one of our attorneys today. With locations all over Utah, from St. George to Salt Lake City, you are bound to find a representative for your case.