A day doesn’t go by without someone getting involved in a car accident. In 2019 alone, there were almost six million reported car accidents – that’s nearly one accident a day for 20 thousand years.
Car accidents are so common that there are rarely new ways people cause them. There are all sorts of reasons someone would be hit by another car – here are a few of the most likely causes:
Anyone can become a distracted driver – all it takes is one phone call or spilled drink. Talking to someone, eating or listening to music can all be the source of distracted driving.
A 2019 study revealed that just under five thousand injuries were caused by distracted drivers. Three thousand accidents caused by drunk drivers were fatal. One out of four distracted drivers were reportedly talking on the phone.
Despite what someone who’s been drinking would likely say, alcohol doesn’t make you drive any better – alcohol and other substances can greatly impair someone’s driving abilities.
Drunk drivers can speed, drift or suddenly stop on the road and cause accidents. Three out of five drivers who caused an accident were impaired in some fashion.
Teens and elderly
With great power comes great responsibility – which many young drivers don’t quite understand. Many of these teen drivers only learned weeks prior to getting their license, and some may not even own a license or insurance yet – but that doesn’t stop some teens from drinking and driving or aggressively driving. In the past several years, nearly 25% of all drivers are 16 years of age.
Conversely, many drivers on the road right now may be putting others in danger because of their age and disabilities. Some drivers can’t give up driving despite diminishing vision and low reaction times.
There isn’t a one cause fits all scenario when it comes to a car accident. If you were recently injured during a vehicle crash, you may need to reach out for legal help to recover from your medical bills and losses.