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Why do car accidents happen?

With the abundance of motor vehicles in the road, it is easy to see how they might bump into one another. But what really causes these crashes? We have heard the words negligence, recklessness, distracted and intoxicated thrown around when we hear about a car crash happened, but that doesn't explain exactly what happened.

Why do car accidents happen? When we travel by a crash site, we often find ourselves slowing down to see what happened. But do we really see what happened? We see damaged or destroyed vehicles that do not tell a story other than that they collided. Thus, in order to obtain more details of a crash, investigation must occur. This involves taking a look at the physics of the crash, the status of the drivers and obtaining witness accounts.

Back in 2015, there was an eight percent increase in fatal car accidents, reaching the highest rate the U.S. has seen in 50 years. But that number rose again in 2016, when more than 40,000 people died in automobile collisions. Following a recent study that used data collected via technology equipped in vehicles that signed up for the study, a better understanding of crash causes occurred.

The study found that accidents were caused by some common negligent behaviors by motorists. This includes rolling stops when taking a right turn at a red light, falling asleep at the wheel, loss of control of the vehicle, turning into a blind spot where a vehicle is traveling, rear-ending a vehicle and lane or road departures due to distractions. These listed factors are frequently caused because a driver failed to uphold their duty to drive safe. A driver has the duty to follow the rules of the road, remain attentive, be aware of their surroundings and avoid driving when tired, intoxicated or angry.

A car accident is a complex matter. A lot goes into determining the cause of the crash and who is liable for it. While it might seem like a lengthy process, it is one that could help an injured victim recover compensation through a personal injury action.

Source: Slate.com, "Anatomy of a Car Crash," Steve Casner, Nov. 21, 2017

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