6 common causes of car accidents: Part I

by William Mattar | November 21st, 2011

November 21, 2011

Even though today’s cars are safer, car accidents are still commonplace. Someone is involved in an auto accident every 10 seconds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The most common reasons auto accidents occur include the following:

(1) Distractions

Research shows that 25 percent to 50 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are the result of distracted driving.

These distractions can include talking on the phone, texting, changing the stereo, eating, interacting with passengers, and slowing down to look at scenery or at another accident.

Talking on a cell phone while driving quadruples the risk of a car crash.

Driving should take your full attention. Looking away for even one second can cause an accident. The possibility of an accident significantly increases when a driver’s attention is diverted.

(2) Drunk driving

Catastrophic auto accidents are often caused by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

On average, there is one death almost every half-hour due to driving under the influence.

If you are going to drink, make plans not to drive. Call a taxi or plan for a sober friend to drive you home.

In our next blog, we will discuss the other four common causes of auto accidents. Can you guess what they are? Check by in on Wednesday.

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If you or someone you know were the victim of a New York auto accident, the New York auto accident lawyers at the William Mattar Law Offices may be able to help you.