Why do Most Car Accidents Occur?
You know you are a safe driver and have an excellent record of safety for all of the years you’ve been driving. That is until you have a car accident.
It can happen to anyone. In Alabama, in your lifetime, you have a more than one-in-three chance of being in a car accident that involves serious injury or death.
According to the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS), in 2018 there were 159,925 car accidents in Alabama which resulted in 953 deaths. This represents an increase in accidents and fatalities from the previous year, and the trends show there is a steady increase in the number of car crashes in Alabama every year.
There is a traffic crash every 3 minutes and 17 seconds, and a traffic injury every 11 minutes and five seconds. Someone is killed in an Alabama car accident every 9 hours and 10 minutes, according to state statistics.
Hopefully, you will avoid a car accident, but the odds are it will happen sooner or later.
After your accident, you may be facing pain and suffering, high medical bills, and loss of wages.
In more serious cases, there may be permanent disability, the death of dismemberment of a child or children, or of one or both parents happens every day on our roads.
Causes of Alabama Car Accidents
In order to address those
increasing numbers of car accidents, it’s important to understand why most car
According to Drive Safe
Alabama, most crashes happen in urban areas, but most fatalities occur in rural
areas. More than half of those killed
were not wearing a seatbelt, which is the simplest, most effective thing you
can do to save a life.
Hitting another vehicle or a fixed object were the leading types of total crashes in 2018, according to Drive Safe Alabama.
Some of the most common causes of Alabama car accidents include:
- Speeding – The DOT says speeding leads
the list of contributing factors in fatal crashes in Alabama. Our state is
ranked #12 out of 50 for speed-related crash fatalities.
- Failure to yield the right-of-way – This is considered the leading cause of most non-fatal crashes
according to the 2018 state crash facts. There were more than 23-thousand
crashes resulting from this cause which led to 96 fatalities.
- Tailgating – Led to 22,472 car crashes
in Alabama in 2018 which includes 4 deaths. Plan on one car length for every 10
mile increments, so going 70 mph means you need to have seven car lengths
between your car and the car ahead.
- Misjudged Stopping Distance – Similar
to tailgating, this driving habit caused 13,837 crashes and five deaths.
- Distraction – This can include anything
from changing the radio station, retrieving a cellphone from the floor, texting,
grooming, and even talking on the phone.
The DOT reports being distracted took the focus off the driving in
10,698 crashes in Alabama in 2015. A texting driver raises his chances of
getting into a crash 23 times when compared to a non-texting driver.
- Drugs or Alcohol – Driving under the influence
of alcohol or drugs leads to a fatal crash 6.9 times more than all crashes in
general. Consider nearly 6,000 Alabama drivers received citations for drug or
alcohol use while behind the wheel. One does not have to be drunk to have
impaired judgment and prescription drugs can affect the driver just as badly as
- Weather – Alabama car accidents
can happen whenever there is a disruption to the normal course of driving. For
example, rain or snow can entirely change the conditions on the road and most
drivers should lower their speed by about 10 mph. Many people do not. It will be more difficult to stop and slow
down under challenging conditions.
- Teen Drivers – Car accidents are a
leading cause of death for teenagers who are twice as likely to crash as a
young adult. Driver inexperience,
speeding and aggressive and/or reckless driving leads to those crashes and
deaths, according to the Alabama Public Health Department. Of all fatal crashes
in our state in 2018, 9% were caused by drivers age 19 or younger and 20 % were
caused by drivers under the age of 25.
Your Alabama Car Accident Attorney
If you are involved in a
car accident in Alabama, please do not make a statement to the driver or the
insurance representative at the scene.
Under Alabama’s contributory negligence law, you could lose your right
to compensation if you are found to have contributed even 1% to your accident.
Attorney J. Allan Brown will want to consult with you as soon as you can after the accident. He is a compassionate and knowledgeable lawyer who is experienced in the area of automobile accidents in Mobile and around Alabama. Call our office today at 251-220-3199 or message us online for a complimentary consultation.