Negligence and distractions cause car accidents; in the U.S. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that 19,000 people were killed in car accidents in the first half of 2015 alone. What causes these accidents, though, and is there anything you can do if you get hit by a dangerous driver?
Texting and smartphone use
Texting and smartphone are among the most prominent causes of car accidents. The National Safety Council estimates that just texting while you’re behind the wheel increases the risk of an accident by at least eight times; talking on the phone, texting or doing other things on the phone are factors in around 27 percent of all crashes.
More vehicles on the road
More vehicles on the road means more risk. Cheaper gas prices in 2016 compared to years in the past means more people are heading out to travel. With more people driving, there’s a higher risk of getting into collisions as traffic backs up or becomes congested. In the first half of 2015, there were around 12.5 deaths recorded per every 100,000 people, which is up to the previous year, where the rate was only 11.1 percent.
An improving economy
The economy does play a role in how many people get behind the wheel and their behaviors when they’re driving. With more people going to work, there’s thicker traffic during rush hours and commutes. A better economy also means more disposable income, which means longer drives and more people in the vehicles that hit the road.
Regardless of the reason that more people are on the road, drivers still need to drive safely. If you’ve been hit because someone was texting and driving or acting negligently in another way, it’s your right to seek compensation from the driver to cover the cost of your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses. Contact us at Rapa Law Office, P.C. to start your legal claim.