include head-on collisions and fender-benders. It is essential to understand the common factors
behind many of these crashes.
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Fatigue is a sign of fatigue
- Causes unrelated to driver error
Driver Error is the Most Common Cause of Car accidents.
Two broad categories can be attributed to Florida car accidents. The first category includes driver errors such as distraction, driving under the influence, poor decisions, fatigue, and driving while impaired. The second category includes everything else, even external causes, like a deer crossing the street or brake failure. We’ll be covering this category later.
Distracted driving is the most common driver error. Distracted driving is anything from talking to or arguing with a passenger to reading roadside signs. In reality, driver distractions are most often caused by the use of smartphones and other devices.
In 2017, one out of four drivers had used a cellphone before they were involved in an accident. Chicago Tribune According to reports, Sending or reading a text can cause a driver can take their eyes off the road for 5 seconds or more. Plenty of time to have a catastrophic accident resulting in loss of life.
Why is distraction so common in automobile accidents? The “Myth of Multitasking” is responsible for many decisions we make while driving. This was recently documented in a study by the National Safety Council. Studies have shown that the brain is unable to perform two tasks simultaneously. Instead, the brain engages in “micro-tasking”–handling only one task at a time but toggling back and forth between competing tasks.
D.U.I Car Crashes
Fatigue and Car Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost one-third of all crashes in the United States involve speeding. Young drivers are particularly susceptible to speeding. According to the CDC, teens are more likely than adults to speed and are more likely to speed than their female counterparts. The most dangerous drivers have the lowest driving experience and are least prepared to handle high-speed dangers.
Car accidents, Not always the Drivers Fault.
The mechanical performance of your vehicle can also cause accidents. Failure to maintain your
brake system and tires can hinder your ability to stop ahead (or avoid) a danger.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Stuart or Port St. Lucie, FL, call the Law Office of
Gloria Seidule for your free consultation and case evaluation. You will be glad you did.