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The top causes of car crashes

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2021 | Car Accidents

No matter how safely one might drive, it is impossible to avoid dangerous or reckless drivers on the road. Encountering a dangerous driver can lead to serious injury or even death. In 2020 alone, 38,000 people suffered fatal injuries in car accidents. Here are the top four dangerous driving habits that cause the most car crashes in Delaware. 

Impaired and distracted driving 

Drivers under the influence of alcohol cause around 33% of all traffic fatalities and is one of the most common causes of car wrecks. Distracted drivers also cause a significant number of collisions and fatalities. Both impaired and distracted driving share several key issues, including: 

  • Slowed reaction times 
  • Impaired judgment 
  • Inability to focus on the road 

Speeding and weather 

Driving too fast also slows drivers’ reaction times, which is why it is another one of the top causes of car accidents. Avoiding an accident while speeding can be difficult if not impossible in certain situations. Drivers who fail to slow down while it is raining or otherwise account for the weather when behind the wheel are also more likely to cause an accident. Types of inclement weather that typically factor into accidents are: 

  • Snow 
  • Ice 
  • Rain 
  • Wind 

Surviving a car accident can be a traumatic experience. On top of physical injuries, medical bills and lost wages, many victims also struggle with the emotional fallout of their injuries. Securing compensation for these types of damages is often a priority for victims of car crashes, which in Delaware is generally accomplished via the careful actions of a personal injury lawsuit.