What Causes Car Accidents?

car_crash_victims_settleEvery day, individuals are injured in automotive accidents. Many of these injuries are the result of individuals’ negligent behavior. Some of the most common causes of car accidents are explained below.

Distracted Driving

Over 65,000 people died in automotive collisions in 2010 and 2011. About 10 percent of these deaths have been attributed to distracted driving, as reported by police officers. One of the most common causes of distracted driving deaths was due to the use of a cell phone, including texting and making calls.

This distraction is followed by being distracted by individuals or objects inside and outside the vehicle, for a combined total of 12 percent of fatal distracted driving accidents. Other causes of distracted driving fatalities include:

  • Smoking

  • Moving objects in vehicle

  • Adjusting controls in the vehicle

  • Eating or drinking

  • Using or reaching for an object

Statistical Information

The statistical information was taken by Erie Insurance. It is based off of national police report data included in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a nationwide census produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding fatal motor vehicle accidents.

However, because the information is based primarily off of the judgment of police officers who respond to automotive accident reports, the statistical data could be under-reported. Guilty drivers could be reluctant to report distractions in fear of being charged with a criminal offense or being found liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, the data could potentially under-represent the seriousness and the prevalence of distracted driving.

A Tampa Personal Injury Attorney May be Able to Help

Individuals who have been injured in automotive accidents may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit if another person’s negligence caused their injuries. Compensation may be available for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle caused by a distracted driver or otherwise negligent driver, a Tampa car accident lawyer may be able to help. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule a free initial consultation and evaluation of your case.