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Common Causes of Car Accidents

September 2, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

According to the National Safety Council, over 10 million accidents occur every year. The average driver is involved in an accident approximately once every 17.9 years. Most of these collisions are minor; bumps and scrapes in grocery store parking lots or fender benders at stop signs. Maybe if we equip ourselves with a little knowledge on how most of these minor accidents occur we can change the frequency of these collisions to one every 20, 25, or even 30 years! So what is the cause of most of these accidents?

Speeding – Speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents, and it is one that is almost entirely controllable. I know we all want to get to the movies or dinner maybe a minute or two faster, but is it worth it? Driving the speed limit is a simple way to reduce your chance of being involved in an accident.

Fatigue – Driving while tired not only reduces your focus, but also slows down your reaction time. This means it is harder to avoid potential driving hazards and keep yourself safe. You also risk the chance of falling asleep at the wheel and causing a much more severe or dangerous accident. We all have busy lives and long lists of responsibilities, but make sure you are getting your rest and driving safely!

Focus – Cellphones. Let’s talk about them. We all love them and we all find it difficult to put down Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Spotify. Driving requires our undivided attention. If we are looking at our cellphone screen we are not looking at the road.

If you have any other questions or concerns about driving, please reach out to Hastings and Hastings. With over 35 years of experience promoting justice in the sun’s valley, Hastings and Hastings is eagerly awaiting your call to help you recover the damages you deserve.