Doing more, achieving more, and getting it all done faster is the hallmark of American business and lifestyle. However, our obsession with extreme multi-tasking could be taking a toll on our safety. Nowhere is this more plainly seen in vehicle safety and car accidents. Inside a vehicle is one place where extreme attention and single-tasking is a must. Not only is your own personal safety at risk, but the safety of your family or any other passengers.
3 Major Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents have become a relentless daily occurrence in the U.S. It is estimated that ten million people are involved in car wrecks annually. Even more disturbing is that car wrecks are now one of the leading causes of death for teenagers in America according to the CDC in Atlanta. So what are the main contributing factors to these devastating events?
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances has been, and remains one of the most deadly behaviors that can be indulged behind the wheel. MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, estimates that 300,000 incidents of drunk driving occur every day, while in 2010 over 1.41 million individuals were arrested on the grounds of drunk driving. Drunk driving is both hazardous and irresponsible.
One of the saddest aspects of drunk driving-related accidents is that each and every incident was entirely preventable. Each of us can do our part to cut down on drunk driving accidents by designating or being a sober driver.
Even though our entire society is based on the philosophy of speed and convenience, this is not always conducive to safe driving habits. On the road, speed can be deadly. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, speeding continues to be one of the biggest causes of car wrecks. Almost a third of car wrecks are caused by speeding each year.
Planning ahead and giving yourself a little extra time to get to your destination is always a better course than speeding. And it is always better to arrive late than to never arrive at all. Ask yourself if your life or the life of another is worth ten minutes of your time.
With the new onslaught of communication options, distracted driving is increasing as one of the most dangerous contributors to vehicle accidents in the U.S. These distractions include talking, texting, internet surfing, checking email, eating, grooming, and a myriad of other things while driving. This distraction adds up to very unsafe driving conditions.
Driving while operating a handheld device has become a deadly behavior that nearly every driver on the road indulges in. If you text while driving you are 23 times more likely to get into an accident.
If you have been in an accident that was caused by someone indulging in the above mentioned unsafe driving behaviors or other unsafe driving behaviors, contact our office to learn about what compensation could be waiting for you. Find out if you have a case in a matter of minutes and see for yourself why so many people choose Ginnis & Krathen for their legal representation. Call us today at (954) 833-7044.