Here at the Law Offices of Aronberg & Aronberg, the majority of the cases we see stem from auto accidents. Our clients are often times injured due to the negligence of others—and the injures they suffer aren’t just sprained wrists and black and blues. Because of negligent driving, some of our clients have been forced to live for the rest of their lives in pain, in wheelchairs, and in fear of something as simple as driving to the grocery store.
In this blog, we are going to look at some of the top causes of auto accidents. With knowledge of these dangerous habits, hopefully we can all be a little bit more careful behind the wheel—you never know what can happen.
First, let’s look at the obvious one: distracted driving. Distracted driving comes in many forms, and with the ever-increasing reach of mobile technology, new forms of distracted driving are appearing almost daily. Among the biggest distractions in the car is the mobile phone; it used to just distract drivers by providing a telephone. Now, drivers talk on the phone, text, surf the web and listen to music all through their phone—and sometimes all at the same time! Did you know that drivers who drive while using a hand-held device are four times more likely to be involved in an auto accident? Text messaging alone increases your chances of crashing by 23%. Why risk it? No text message or sports score is so important that you can’t wait until you arrive at your destination to check on it. It sounds obvious, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 800,000 people are driving during daylight hours while using their cell phones for one or more of many purposes. If you cause an auto accident because you were distracted (by a text message, your GPS system, your radio, or your friend), you will be held responsible for driving negligently and thus causing the accident.
Now let’s look at another major cause of auto accidents that still falls under the category of negligence: speeding. Speed limits are there for a reason. Contrary to popular belief, governments that implement speed limits don’t do so in order to cause delays and collect revenue through anticipated speeding tickets. Speed limits are calculated in accordance with physics to allow for quick transportation without risking safety. Speeding is dangerous. The faster you go, the slower you will be able to react in order to avoid an accident. If someone in front of you slams on their breaks, and you’re speeding, you will be far less likely to bring your car to a stop before hitting them than you would be if you weren’t speeding—simply because the faster your car was travelling, the longer it will take the car to come to a stop. Speeding is deadly, it’s being common does not make it okay or any safer. “Keeping up with traffic” is no excuse.
Cars are heavy, fast-moving objects that have the ability to inflict tremendous amounts of pain and anguish. They should be used responsible, and, when they’re not, the person who irresponsibly and negligently causes someone else to suffer is often held accountable for their wrongdoing.
If you have any questions about car safety or auto accidents, please reach out to us for a free consultation by calling us at 561-266-9191 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.