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Common causes of car accidents

Written by Ankin Law Office

The best car accident lawyer in Illinois would say that he or she has seen an increase in fatal car accidents. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, a total of 991 individuals lost their lives in fatal crashes in 2013, keeping the state on par with the rest of the nation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 9,363,840 passenger vehicles were involved in reported traffic collisions in the U.S. in 2012.

As a result of these crashes, 2.09 million passengers were injured, and 21,667 lost their lives. This equates to nearly 60 deaths a day. While these potentially deadly accidents are caused by a variety of situations, the one of a few common underlying themes is usually found to be the cause of most passenger vehicle collisions.

Intentional driver error

While people do not want to believe that they made a conscious decision that led to an auto accident that is exactly what happened in many cases. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that drunk driving was responsible for the deaths of 321 people in Illinois in 2012, and every day another 28 people die due to the direct choices of inebriated drivers across the nation.  Aggressive drivers are also to blame for many accidents every year. The NHTSA defines aggressive driving as when a driver commits more than one moving traffic offense to intentionally endanger other people or property. This can include the following behaviors:

  • Tailgating
  • Flashing lights at other drivers
  • Disregard for traffic signals
  • Frequent, unsafe lane changes
  • Refusing to yield the right of way

Speeding is also among the most common causes of accidents in the nation. This offense reduces reaction time and increases the likelihood that any accident that does occur will be more severe.

Fatigue and Distraction

Driver fatigue can be a serious issue for many drivers. While it is most common between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. it can occur at any time of the day. Over 100,000 accidents are attributed to drowsy drivers every year according to the NHTSA.

Distracted driving remains one of the most common and potentially damaging causes of car accidents in the nation despite heavy campaigns by local, state and federal governments aimed at reducing its occurrence. In a 2011 report, the NHTSA indicates that distracted driving contributed to 17 percent of all injury crashes and 10 percent of all fatal crashes that year. Distractions include smart phone use, looking at objects outside the vehicle, adjusting the radio, and talking with passengers.

Those who have been involved in a collision and are dealing with the aftermath should contact an attorney. An attorney can help victims receive the compensation they need in order to heal from their injuries and move on with their lives.

Categories: Auto Accidents