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Common Causes of Car Crashes in Illinois

Posted on in Car Accidents

IL accident lawyerUnfortunately, in the United States, car crashes are not uncommon--and the majority of crashes are caused by driver error. In the U.S., 34,439 fatal car crashes occurred in 2016, taking 37,461 lives. Even if you are a responsible, safe driver and obey all traffic laws, you cannot assume that other drivers are doing the same thing. If you have been in a car crash that is not your fault, you should not be held responsible for the damages or loss of life that happen due to the crash. Understanding the common causes of crashes can help you to drive safely and can aid in filing a car accident claim if a crash resulted in damages.

1. Distracted Driving

Each year, distracted driving is the cause of more crashes. Information published by New Virginia Tech found that when drivers engaged in behavior that distracted them from driving, it more than doubled their chances of crashing. Distracted driving behaviors include:

  • Texting;
  • Using social media apps;
  • Talking on a cell phone;
  • Reading or writing;
  • Using a GPS;
  • Driving while highly emotional;
  • Fatigue; and
  • Interacting with passengers.

2. Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence is one of the biggest causes of accidents in the U.S. Driving under the influence--which includes intoxication from alcohol, illegal drugs and even prescription drugs-hinders the driver’s ability to react properly or to anticipate moves from other drivers. Drunk driving, especially, contributes to a large percentage of fatalities from car crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol-related crashes claim more than 10,000 lives each year.

3. Speeding

Even though speed limits can be inconvenient, especially when you are running late, they exist for a reason. According to the NHTSA, speeding was found to be one of the most common contributing factors in accidents. In 2016, speeding accounted for about 27 percent of accident fatalities, an increase of 4 percent from 2015.

Contact a Bloomingdale Car Accident Attorney

If you’ve been a victim of a car accident, you know how emotionally stressful and financially tolling it can be. A car accident can leave you unable to work or can result in high medical bills. If this is the case for you, you need the help of an experienced and determined car accident attorney. The Law Offices of David W. Clark can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call 630-665-5678 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/laiza-king-/top-15-causes-of-car-accidents_b_11722196.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2012/11/14/the-high-price-of-speeding/#c5af1f158a18

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