According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about three million Americans are injured in nonfatal car accidents each year. In many cases, these accidents are caused by careless behavior on the part of one or both drivers. To make sure you drive as responsibly as possible, be mindful of the following situations that frequently cause auto accidents.
What Factors Often Lead to Car Accidents?
While it may be tempting to exceed the listed speed when you’re late for work, it’s not worth it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 9,378 people were killed in the U.S. in 2018 as a result of speeding-related auto accidents. Driving within the speed limit will enable you to turn safely and stop suddenly without getting into a collision.
2. Distracted Driving
Whether you’re texting, chatting on the phone, or adjusting the radio, any activity that takes your attention away from the road while driving will increase your chances of getting into an accident.
If you need to use the phone, wait until you’re parked to pick it up, as texting or browsing the internet while driving is against the law in Alabama.
3. Driving Under the Influence
According to the CDC, about one in three traffic deaths in the U.S. involve a drunk driver. Never get behind the wheel of a car when you are under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs.
It’s also important to be mindful of any over-the-counter or prescription medications you’re taking, as some drugs can cause drowsiness and slow reflexes.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, get in touch with Jones & Jones, P.C. Attorneys at Law in Andalusia, AL. For more than 60 years, these personal injury attorneys have been helping accident victims throughout the Wiregrass area fight for the compensation they deserve. Visit the website to learn more or call (334) 222-3161 to set up a complimentary consultation.
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