Getting into a car accident can turn your world upside down. You might be questioning, “Why is my insurance company not returning my calls? Who’s going to cover my medical bills? How am I going to get work?” Each year hundreds of thousands of people are seriously injured or die in auto accidents in the U.S., with approximately 450 traffic fatalities occurring in Colorado each year. Due to the high risk factors associated with driving, it is important to understand the leading causes contributing to car accidents across the nation. At Franklin D. Azar & Associates, we want you to be safe and exercise your best judgment on the road. Below are the most commonly cited factors known to cause car accidents:
- Distracted Driving: Distracted driving continues to be the leading cause of car accidents in America. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert an individual’s attention away from the primary task of driving. This includes talking on the phone, texting, personal grooming, or eating. It is also important to note that drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into a car accident than drivers who do not, and drivers who text message while driving are 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Be safe, and avoid all distractions while driving.
- Drunk Driving: In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. Driving under the influence of alcohol puts everyone in danger. If you plan to go out and drink, make sure that you have a designated driver to take you home safely.
- Reckless Driving: Reckless driving causes needless car accidents. Abruptly changing lanes, speeding, and tailgating might result in a reckless driving citation or even a car accident. Be safe on the road and plan your trips accordingly to ensure that you have plenty of time to reach your final destination.
- Poor Weather Conditions: Based out of Colorado, we at Franklin D. Azar & Associates truly understand the impact that poor weather conditions have on driving. Rain, icy roads and substantial snow falls are often cited in personal injury claims as poor weather conditions. Ensure that your tires are safe and take your time when driving under these circumstances.
- Roadway Construction: Construction zones can become dangerous fast. Make sure you are paying attention when going through construction zones by following the course, abiding by the speed limit, and paying attention.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the best thing you can do is seek legal representation immediately. Our team is prepared with a plethora of knowledge and experience to assist you in your personal injury claim. Call us now to discuss your case and we will provide you with a free, no-obligation first consultation. Call 303-757-3300 now.