Common Causes of Car Accidents
Motor vehicle travel is the most convenient and common means of travel in the United States; however, it also frequently causes injuries and fatalities. Perhaps due to our proximity to the capitol or our fast-paced lifestyles, the 2008 Sacramento Police Department report of traffic accidents reported that Sacramento is the worst city among the ten worst cities over the population of 250,000 for vehicle accidents.
Auto accidents can be caused by any number of things and are often the result of the guilty party’s recklessness or carelessness. Some of the most common causes of car accidents are:
Driver Fatigue. According to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration, drive fatigue accounts for nearly 100,000 accidents every year in the U.S. The risk is greatest at the time most people are used to sleeping, any time between 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Distracted Drivers. A driver who is distracted is a risk to himself and to others on the road. Distracted drivers seem to be the root of an overwhelming percentage of car accidents. Rubbernecking (looking at the side of the road), eating, fidgeting with the radio, looking at scenery and talking or texting on your cell phone while driving are common distractions. As of July 2008, it is illegal in California to talk on your cell phone while driving. California also bans texting while driving.
Reckless Drivers. Of course, a reckless driver is a threat to others on the road as well as his passengers and pedestrians. A driver is reckless if he or she speeds, runs red lights, drives without headlights, weaves in and out of traffic to pass slower cars, or drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs.