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DuPage County Car Accident Injury LawyerAlthough there are many prevention programs that aim to reduce the likelihood of car accidents, these tragedies still take place every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 6.7 million police-reported traffic crashes in the United States in 2018. In those crashes, more than 2.7 million people were injured, and more than 36,000 were killed. Agencies such as NHTSA have made strides in determining the causes behind car accidents and the different methods that can be used to prevent them from happening altogether.

Crash-Related Factors

Even though a car accident can occur at any time and for many different reasons, there are certain actions that can increase the likelihood of an automobile crash taking place. Listed below are a few common things that have been found to cause a fender bender:

  • Driving under the influence: One of the most notorious causes of a car accident is when a driver operates his or her vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The NHTSA estimates that more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-related accidents in 2018, and that alcohol-related car accident deaths accounted for nearly 30 percent of all accident fatalities. Even when a drunk driving accident does not result in a wrongful death, it can cause serious injuries and property damage.

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Naperville car accident lawyer driver fatigueIn this day and age of advanced technology, there has been an emphasis placed on our well-being. Safe driving measures, specifically, have been of great interest to both federal and state governments across the country. One of the most notorious dangerous driving behaviors that causes thousands of car accidents each year is operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Increased focus has also been placed on other reckless behaviors, such as distracted driving and speeding. Recently, however, a trend of drowsy/fatigued driving has been scrutinized as an additional form of unsafe driving.

What Is Drowsy Driving?

Simply put, drowsy driving occurs when a person gets behind the wheel of a car when they are tired. Although everyone experiences fatigue differently, it is always considered unsafe to drive a vehicle if you are sleepy. Not all drowsy drivers will fall asleep at the wheel, but the likelihood of an accident does increase. If you are driving while you are tired, your senses are not as alert, your brain functions a little slower, and you could end up in a serious accident.

How Big of an Issue Is Drowsy Driving?

An alarming 60 percent of drivers have reported that they have operated a vehicle while feeling sleepy. Even more concerning, over 40 percent of drivers have admitted to “nodding off” or falling asleep while driving at some point throughout their driving history. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an estimated 91,000 traffic crashes involving drowsy driving in 2017. These numbers are likely much higher than reported because of the lack of knowledge and ability to measure this behavior.

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Lombard, IL auto accident attorneyObtaining a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teens in the United States. Although teenagers are often eager to get behind the wheel, they may pose a significant danger to both themselves as well as other motorists and pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,255 teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes in 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Why is it that teen drivers are more susceptible to car accidents?

Inexperience on the Road

Teenagers do not have years of driving experience like most adult motorists do. Even after they have earned their driver’s license, teen drivers are still learning the rules of the road and how to react to certain driving conditions. For example, a teenage motorist may not know how to handle his or her car in heavy traffic or during a snowstorm. Due to their lack of knowledge and understanding, teenagers may be at a higher risk for auto accidents and injuries.

Distracted Driving

Vehicle accidents involving teenagers often occur because of activities that caused drivers to pay less than full attention to the act of driving. NHTSA statistics show that more than 220 teen drivers were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving in 2017. Visual, manual, and cognitive distractions may cause a teen motorist to lose concentration. Actions such as using a cell phone, talking to passengers, changing the radio station, and eating or drinking can all divert a teen driver’s attention away from the road. 

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