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Top 4 Causes of Road Traffic Accidents

By Edited Oct 6, 2015 0 0

Every year, road traffic accidents account for about 40,000 deaths in the USA and almost 4,000 deaths in California alone.

In fact, road traffic accident is considered as one of the leading causes of death in the country.

Not to mention the millions of injuries caused by these vehicle crashes that range from minor to catastrophic.

Most of these accidents are also caused by driver error.

In fact, the top 4 causes of road traffic accidents are negligent driver acts like:

Distracted Driving

Although not always the most deadly, this negligent driving act is the most frequent cause of car accidents.

It is not uncommon for drivers to try and multi-task while behind the wheel.

I am sure you have heard stories about car crashes that started with a motorist eating, talking on the phone, applying make up or changing radio stations while driving.

For traffic law enforcement, the most common and most annoying distracted driving behavior is rubbernecking.

Passing motorists just can't help but gawk at another car accident, which results in another car crash.

Traffic officers are no stranger to handling 3-4 car accidents in a matter of minutes due to rubbernecking.

Driving under the influence

This is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in the country.

In California, 35 percent of all fatal car accidents are related to drunk driving.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs severely affects your driving skills because it:

  • Alters your senses and your perception
  • Reduces your reaction time
  • Reduces your ability to make good road judgment

Driver Fatigue

This is very common among truck drivers, especially those that travel interstate.

Long hours of driving can take a toll on its driver and the next thing you know they are drifting in and out of sleep.

That is why the federal government has issued regulations that limits truckers' driving hours and requires mandatory rest stops during travel.

Reckless and Aggressive Driving

Reckless and aggressive driving refers to road conduct that has little to no disregard for the safety of other motorists and pedestrians.

Common examples of reckless and aggressive driving are:

  • Street racing
  • Passing a school bus
  • Speeding 20 mph more than the speed limit
  • Beating the red light
  • Passing at a railroad crossing
  • Road rage


If you have been injured in a road traffic accident caused by any of the above negligent driver acts, then you have a right to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against that particular motorist.

Consult with an expert Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer for more information.



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