There were about 6,420,000 automobile accidents in the United States in 2005. Of over 6 million of these accidents around 2.9 million people got injured and 42,636 were killed. In all, around 115 people die everyday in automobile accidents â€“ that is one death every thirteen minutes. With Los Angeles having one of the busiest roads and highway, thousands of automobile accidents occur in this city.
Causes of Los Angeles Automobile Accidents
Automobile Accidents in Los Angeles are caused by a number of things. It can range from a faulty vehicle to negligence of a driver.
In Los Angeles, the most common cause of automobile accidents is alcohol and reckless driving. According to statistics, teenage drivers cause the most automobile accidents. Irresponsible behavior like drinking while driving coupled with inexperience and apathy towards safety rules results in the high number of automobile accidents.
Another common cause of automobile accidents is inattentiveness. A lot of distractions can take away the attention of the driver off the road. A lot of people talk in their mobile phones while driving. Even though there are hands free mobile phones, this still divides the driver's attention and may cause a slip in concentration which can result to a bump or a crash.
Most states require drivers to park their car before taking a call to avoid serious accidents.
Other causes of driver's inattentiveness are alcohol and drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both, affects the attention capacity of the brain. It meddles with the senses which in turn make the driver do bad decisions on the road.
Such negligence not only endangers the driver's life but of all the people around him.
What to do when involved in a Automobile Accident
Being involved in an automobile accident can be traumatic. There are a number of things you can or should do if you are ever involved in such to help you and the investigators find the cause of the accident.
When involved in an automobile accident, you can follow the following tips:
Â· Stay at the accident scene. Under California regulations, you can be prosecuted for walking away unless you are cleared to do so by authorities
Â· Inform the authorities of the accident as soon as possible. If you or other people are injured you may also call for paramedics.
Â· Take the information of the other drivers including their name, address, phone number, plate number and driver's license. If possible get their insurance carrier and the contact details of their agent.
Â· Take a business card from the investigating police officer. Take note of the incident report number so that you can request a copy later on. Talk to witnesses and get their contact details so that if needed you can locate them later on.
Â· Take note of everything you can observe about the accident from the location of the accident to even the weather conditions during the accident.
Â· Do not issue statements admitting fault to anything before consulting with a good automobile accident attorney. Any admission of fault even how minor can be used against you if you decide to pursue a case.