Below you will find the answers about the most common causes of car accidents in Central Florida. If you have questions or comments please call our office at 407-490-1271.
What is the single most common cause of car accidents in the United States?
Driver error is by far the largest single cause of car accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Driver error is most commonly caused by distracted driving, often involving the use of cell phones.
How long can I expect until my car accident case is complete?
A case can be settled as soon as the insurance company and individual can come to a fair settlement. If you have suffered serious injuries in the accident, your lawyer may suggest waiting until the extent of your injuries is fully known. Never accept an insurance company’s first settlement offer. These initial offers are almost always too low to cover even the basic medical costs associated with your injuries, not to mention loss wage benefits. Sit down with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss all of your options.
Should I provide my medical records to the other driver’s insurance company following an accident?
Absolutely not. Providing this information to the insurance adjuster could greatly harm your case. Medical record releases should only be signed under very limited circumstances. Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney before releasing medical records to any insurance company – even your own.
Do I need to be seen by a doctor after a car accident, even if I am not in any pain?
Both you and your passengers should be seen by a doctor following a car accident. A medical professional will be able to recognize injuries, sometimes even serious injuries that may not be apparent to you at the time. These doctor visits are often covered by your insurance. You also do not want to settle an accident claim until you have been seen by a doctor and advised of all of your injuries.
What are some of the most common causes of automobile accidents?
- Driver error. Driver error is most commonly caused by distracted driving, often involving the use of cell phones. 25% of all automobile crashes are related to cell phone use, whether by talking or texting, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
- Speeding. Nearly one-third of all car accidents are the result of speeding. The faster a vehicle travels, the less time a driver has to react. In addition, personal injuries are far worse in crashes at high speeds.
- Drunk driving. When you drink and drive, your decision making ability is compromised and you lose the ability to react to situations. Every 53 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver. Every two minutes, someone is injured by this completely preventable crime.
- Bad weather conditions. Rainfall and other dangerous weather conditions create slick surfaces and increase the risk of losing control of your vehicle. Slow down or better yet, avoid driving during dangerous weather conditions.
- Teen drivers. In 2013 alone, 2,927 people were killed and 371,645 people were injured in teen driver accidents. Teach your teen driver to be diligent while behind the wheel and never drive distracted. Driving is a responsibility not a privilege.
- Night driving. Driving at night doubles your risk of having an accident. A driver’s ability to scan the area for potential problems is limited. Night drivers are also more likely to experience fatigue, which can lead to accidents. Avoid driving at night if at all possible.
- Reckless driving. Reckless driving is more than just speeding. This includes drivers who change lanes too quickly, tailgaters, impatient drivers, road rage, etc.
- Poorly maintained vehicles and design defects. Vehicle malfunctions can result in serious accidents. Not having your vehicle properly maintained can also result in unnecessary accidents. Take your car in for routine check-ups and stay up to date on vehicle recalls.
- Unsafe lane changes. Use your turn signal, check your blind spots and proceed carefully when changing lanes. Be a defensive driver. Do not drive in blind spots and stay away from bad drivers.
Do You Have More Questions About The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?
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