According to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there were 34,439 lives lost due to motor vehicle accidents in 2016. But the question is, what are the causes behind all these untimely deaths, not to mention injuries?
While a small percentage of car and truck accidents does have to do with mechanical failure and dangerous and defective automotive products, that’s the exception, not the norm. By far the majority of all car and truck accidents can be traced back to one thing – driver negligence. That being said, let’s take a closer look at the main causes of car and truck accidents not only in the United States, but throughout the world:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drugged driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Texting while driving
- Aggressive driving
- Construction zones
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Driver inexperience (especially teenage drivers)
Theory of Negligence
If you notice with the above, just about every “cause” listed is preventable and within the driver’s control. For this reason, each of the erroneous driving behaviors described above all have to do with the theory of “negligence” which applies to car accident lawsuits, as well as other personal injury claims.
“What is negligence?” In a car accident case, it means that a driver behaved in a careless manner, which as a result harmed another person, such as another driver, a passenger, a bicyclist, a motorcyclist, or a pedestrian. For example, if a driver ran a red light and struck a pedestrian, the driver’s behavior was “negligent” because he or she was careless.
A driver must use care to follow the traffic laws. They must be on the lookout for other motorists and pedestrians, and they must not speed or drive too fast for the weather conditions. And there’s the BIG one – drivers should never ever text while driving. If a driver is careless, thoughtless, reckless, or otherwise negligent and they cause an accident, he or she can be sued by the people they harmed.
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