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What Every Driver Should Know: Car Accidents & Statistics

What Every Driver Should Know About Car Accidents & Car Accident Statistics

Did you know that of the top 10 leading causes of death world-wide, car accidents placed 9th overall and 1st amongst the top 10 accident-related deaths?

And if car accident statistics like that aren’t alarming enough, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration someone is involved in a car accident every ten seconds with a car accident related death happening approximately once every 12 minutes!

These car accident statistics plus the fact that over 40,000 Americans have fatal injuries in automobile related accidents every year are the reasons why automobile accidents have become a national epidemic.

Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer Explains the Leading Causes of Car Accidents

As a Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer and Car Accident Attorney practicing in the Kingsbridge / Riverdale section of the Bronx for over 20 years now, I have seen many different types of car accidents ranging from rear end and head on collisions to side swipes and rollovers. Regardless of the type of collision, car accidents are often the result of one of three things:

1. Driver Recklessness, Distraction or Negligence
2. Defective Vehicles or Vehicle Parts
3. Roadway and Weather Conditions

Let’s look at each of these causes one by one…

1. Driver Negligence, Distraction or Recklessness:
Many car accidents are commonly credited to motorist neglect or recklessness. Reckless driving behaviors such as driving under the influence are criminal as well. Drunk driving often result in fatalities (drunk driving statistics and car accident statistics alike show this to be 40% of all traffic related deaths) and other serious car accident related injuries such as paralysis and traumatic brain injury. Other careless and negligent driver behaviors, like talking or “texting” on a cell phone, changing radio stations or even putting on makeup, may only result in a summons and/or points against the driver’s license, but these low speed collisions result in serious soft tissue personal injuries such as whiplash as well as broken bones and  fractures. Many of the car accident victims and pedestrian injuries I see as a personal injury lawyer practicing here in the Bronx, NY are the result of such negligent behaviors.

Other forms of driver negligence include speeding, disobeying stop signs or yield signs and even  rubbernecking. Aggressive driving behaviors such as cutting in and out of lanes, not giving way to other motorists or pedestrians or challenging other drivers to a street race add to the rising number of car accidents per year.

2. Automobiles Defects and Negligence:
Did you know that the design of an SUV makes it less stable on the road and 4 times more likely to rollover in an accident as compared to passenger cars? Flaws in car design, faulty automobile components, and improper auto upkeep on the part of the car owner are significant reasons for car accidents. Malfunctioning air bags, safety belts, car seats, door latches, ignition and fuel systems are just some of the contributing factors in the injuries and damages that happen as a result of car accidents due to car manufacturer defects. So be sure to adhere to factory recalls. If you have an older car, check online from time to time for updates on your make and model to see if there is a recall on your vehicle.

3. Roadway and Weather Conditions:
While we have no control over nature’s elements we do have control of the decision to drive in bad weather. Conditions such as snow, sleet and rain (with or without the proper tires) increase your risk of being involved in an accident. For this reason, driving without first considering the weather and resulting road conditions may be considered negligence on the part of the driver. Different weather and road conditions require that a drive change the speed and way that he or she operates the vehicle compared with normal conditions.

You don’t have to be a Personal Injury Lawyer or Car Accident Attorney to know that a car accident can occur at any moment and even at low speeds they can cause serious personal injuries, including death. By being aware of these car accident statistics as well as the common causes of a motor vehicle accident, many can be avoided.

Trust a Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer and Car Accident Attorney Who Has Been Fighting For the Rights of Bronx Residents Over 20 Years!

If you are injured as a driver or passenger in a car accident and are in need of a Bronx Car Accident Attorney or Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer, at the Law Offices of Stuart M. Kerner, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, we have great experience in assessing personal injuries and their causes including car accident cases. If you would like a legal opinion on the potential value of your personal injury matter or have a question about your rights before starting a lawsuit, contact our office to schedule a FREE Consultation online so we can evaluate your case.

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