Anyone who works in this industry should be concerned about the rise in car accidents. While the frequency of deadly car accidents had been dropping year after year for decades, it has recently begun to rise again. While some incidents are unavoidable and cannot be avoided, the truth is that two of the most common causes of major car accidents are completely avoidable.
Continue reading to learn more about these causes and how to avoid becoming a victim. For a free legal case evaluation, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been wounded in a car accident or if a loved one has died in a car accident.
Driving while distracted
We've talked about this topic many times on our site, and we'll keep doing so as long as it's one of the leading causes of car accidents in California. How serious is the problem? According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, more than 3,100 people died in distracted driving incidents each year – and the numbers are continuing to rise year after year. Taking your eyes off the road for even a fraction of a second can endanger your life – and the lives of those on the road.
The bad news is that thousands of people die every year as a result of distracted driving. The good news is that this is a completely avoidable accident cause. Don't trust what others say about being able to look away from the road for "for a minute." Do not look at your phone. It is a physical and cognitive distraction in addition to distracting you during the time you are looking at it. Using your cellphone in any way while driving is dangerous – period.
Accidents caused by drunk drivers
The sad reality is that a person is killed in a drunk driving accident every 48 minutes somewhere in the United States. In one year, almost 10,000 individuals were killed in drunk driving incidents across the United States. Remember that many of these drivers did not consider themselves to be inebriated; instead, they would have described themselves as "buzzed." Unfortunately, buzzed driving has a negative impact on driving abilities and is potentially deadly.
If you're going out and want to have even one drink, make sure you have a plan for getting home. Designate a sober driver, or drink somewhere within walking distance, or hire a cab or Uber. Although it may appear excessive, drunk driving incidents are completely avoidable if no one drives after drinking.
Please call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you have been wounded in a car accident or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident. We're here to assist you in determining the best legal path forward.