Causes of Car Accidents

Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney

As of 2011, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported that there was a total of 31,802,483 registered vehicles in the state, thereby making the possibility of being involved in a collision a very real one for Californians. Those who live in Southern California are accustomed to a fast pace, we are a class of busy people who are trying to balance our work and our families and in the pursuit of finding balance, we often employ extreme multitasking techniques.

Between sending emails, paying bills online, sending text messages, and making a massive shift towards more efficient and effective communication, we want everything done fast. However, when it comes to driving safely, especially in a big town such as Los Angeles, it’s important to slow down and for the sake of safety, to make the right choices when getting behind the wheel.

Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents

Automobile accidents are a serious epidemic in the United States, and unfortunately, the easier cars get to drive, the easier it is for drivers to engage in unsafe driving practices. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 alone there was an estimated 5,338,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes in which 2,217,000 people were injured. According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States with the economic impact costing $70 billion in 2005.

Distracted Driving
Distracted driving involves any activity that can divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. While all distractions can endanger the driver, passenger or pedestrians, the most alarming form of driver distraction is texting while driving. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed by a distracted driver and in 2010, 387,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes.

Drunk Driving
Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) registers at .08% or higher. In 2011, there were 9,878 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities representing an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 53 minutes and accounting for 31% of the total traffic fatalities.

The NHTSA considers a crash to be speed-related whenever a driver is charged with a speed-related offense or when an officer indicates that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor to an accident. Speeding remains one of the prevalent factors in traffic accidents. In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in 30% of all fatal crashes and 9,944 (31%) lives were lost in speeding-related collisions.

Contact a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love was injured at the hands of an irresponsible driver, then we urge you to contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney from the Ghozland Law Firm. We have over 40 years of combined experience securing maximum compensation for our clients throughout Los Angeles. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis so you have everything to gain and nothing to lose by contacting our firm. If you are looking for an attorney for your car accident in Los Angeles who will truly care about your unique situation, call us at (213) 817-9957 for more information about our services.

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