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What Is the Number One Cause of Car Crashes?

What Is the Number One Cause of Car Crashes?

Although every car accident can be caused for a variety of reasons, there is often one underlying contribution to car accidents. Studies show that distracted driving is the most common cause of car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were a total of 33,654 car crashes involving distracted drivers in 2018.

Why Does Distracted Driving Cause So Many Collisions?

Distracted driving occurs when the driver’s attention is taken off the road. Common forms of distracted driving include talking or texting on the phone, eating, talking with passengers, adjusting vehicle controls, and more. In 2019, 3,142 people were killed in a distracted driving accident, according to the NHTSA. Despite there being many laws in place designed to reduce driver distractions, cell phone use continues to be a significant problem.

In 2019, 41 percent of drivers were distracted by their phones during daytime driving, according to data from Cambridge Mobile Telematics, a global phone telematics company. An earlier study found that texting bans were not shown to reduce crash rates.

Statistics Show the Dangers of Distracted Driving

The NHTSA’s study shows that texting is one of the most dangerous forms of distraction. Their study found that sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. This means that driving safety isn’t possible unless drivers refrain from participating in distracted driving activities like texting while driving.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident?

Although you can take action to avoid causing a distracted driving accident, what other drivers do is out of your control. If you were involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To file a claim, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to gather the evidence needed and demonstrate that a distracted driver was at fault for your injuries. Our Texas car accident lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Texas car accident lawyers today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a case review!  

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