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What Are Some of the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in the United States?

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tennesse car crash lawyerIn the United States, having a vehicle is extremely important for much of the population. In many places, it can be nearly impossible to get around without a vehicle, causing more drivers on the road and an increased possibility of getting into an accident. The latest information available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that there were an estimated 6.7 million motor vehicle crashes reported to police in 2019. Car accidents often result in injuries, which can range from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious injuries, like a traumatic brain injury or broken bones. When filing a claim for compensation, you should understand some of the potential causes for the accident.

Common Causes for Motor Vehicle Accidents

We see car accidents on TV and hear about them on the news so frequently that they do not faze most people anymore unless they are particularly serious or eventful. However, the cause of many of these accidents can be traced back to a few common reasons. Some of the most common causes of serious car accidents in the U.S. include:

  • Distracted driving: In today‚Äôs world, one of the most common causes of car accidents is due to distracted drivers. According to the NHTSA, there were an estimated 424,000 people injured and another 3,142 people killed in accidents involving distracted drivers. Distractions while driving can include cell phones, GPS systems, passengers in the vehicle or even adjusting the vehicle controls.

  • Speeding: Speeding also plays a large role in car accidents in the United States. More than 645,000 speeding-related crashes occurred in 2019, according to the NHTSA. Speed is often a factor that not only affects the probability of a crash occurring, but it also affects the chance that a crash will be serious and result in injuries. Typically, the higher the rate of speed, the more serious the crash.

  • Alcohol or drug-impaired driving: By far, the most notorious reason for vehicle crashes is alcohol and/or drug-impaired driving. The NHTSA estimates that more than 10,000 of the fatal motor vehicle crashes recorded in 2019 involved a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Speak to Our Campbell County Car Accident Injury Attorney Today

The effects that can result from car accident injuries can be devastating. Depending on the nature of your injury, you could continue to experience these effects for years or even the rest of your life. At the Law Office of William F. Evans, we will help you fight to claim the largest amount of compensation possible. To speak with our knowledgeable and tenacious Jacksboro, TN car accident injury lawyer, call our office today at 423-449-7980 to schedule a free consultation.



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