Leading Causes of Fatal Car Accidents

Leading Causes of Fatal Car Accidents

Leading Causes of Fatal Car Accidents

By Jan Hoen

Over 35,000 people in the United States died as a result of a fatal car accident in 2020. Nearly 800 of those individuals crashed in Virginia. Car accidents are a serious issue across the country, and many factors contribute to the likelihood of an accident occurring. Though many fatal crashes are purely accidental, others can be directly linked to dangerous behaviors that can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle properly. At Hampton Injury Law PLC, we are committed to helping individuals understand the causes of fatal car accidents. We hope to encourage individuals to practice safe driving habits and be responsible vehicle operators. Mr. Hoen will help address any concerns you may have regarding the causes of fatal car accidents. 

What Factors Contribute to Fatal Car Accidents?

Fatal car accidents happen for numerous reasons and are often a result of driver negligence. Here are some of the top contributing factors to fatal car accidents:

1. Driving Under the Influence 

If a person drives under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, they could face up to a $2,500 fine in the state of Virginia. More importantly, however, they are endangering their lives and the lives of others on the road. In 2019 alone, over 200 people lost their lives due to alcohol-related driving incidents. Both substances impair your judgment and slow down your reflexes, making driving a dangerous task. A person should never operate a vehicle if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

2. Speeding

In 2020, over 22,000 drivers caused a wreck due to speeding. Driving above the posted speed limit not only makes you more likely to be pulled over by a police officer, but it puts you in great danger. When you speed, it takes your vehicle much longer to slow down if there is a perceived danger, such as a slowing car or an animal on the road. A vehicle going the speed limit should have enough time to identify the danger and react accordingly. However, the higher your speed, the longer it takes your vehicle to slow down, which is likely to lead to more fatal accidents. 

3. Distracted Driving  

While most people see distracted driving as solely texting and driving, it actually includes any activity that takes a driver’s attention off the road. This could include using a cell phone, eating or drinking, or speaking with other passengers. Distracted driving contributes to nearly 3,000 deaths annually in the United States. On average, an individual will take their eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds when distracted. Not paying proper attention to the road can contribute to fatal car accidents. 

4. Inclement Weather 

Poor road conditions can also contribute to fatal car accidents and result in over 5,000 deaths annually. Inclement weather can include heavy snowfall, floods, ice, and other unsafe conditions that can impair a driver’s ability to maintain control over their vehicle. Drivers should use caution when driving in poor weather and never attempt to drive in dangerous road conditions. 

Speak with a Virginia Attorney Today

If you have questions regarding fatal car accidents, contact Mr. Hoen today. He can help you understand your rights as a driver and the importance of safe driving.

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