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5 of the Most Common Reasons for Accidents on the Road

Traffic accidents happen every day. Some of them are minor, and some of them result in serious injuries that can have long-lasting, devastating consequences. The reasons for these accidents vary, but a large percentage of them are preventable if drivers are better informed and make better choices on the road.

When we look at the causes for traffic accidents, some patterns start to emerge. A handful of factors continue to be at the root of many serious accidents. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons for accidents on the road:

Distracted Driving

Talking on a cell phone. Texting. Putting on makeup. Brushing hair. Eating. Changing the channel on the radio. Talking to other people in the car. All of these distractions account for a large percentage of accidents on the road each year. “Rubber necking” at other accidents and reading while driving also account for a significant percentage of distracted driving accidents.

Drivers must eliminate distractions whenever possible in the car. Leave personal tasks such as grooming or eating until you get to your destination. Use a hands-free phone if you absolutely must make a call while you are driving. Never text while driving. Always keep your eyes on the road when you are behind the wheel.

If a task can’t wait, pull to the side of the road or make a stop.

Driver Fatigue

Most of us wish there were more hours in the day, and we push ourselves to fill the time we do have by getting as much done as possible. However, when we start burning the midnight oil to try to get more accomplished, we short ourselves on sleep and put ourselves and others in danger when we get behind the wheel.

Late-night and third-shift workers may also drive home exhausted, leaving them vulnerable to making mistakes on the road – possibly even falling asleep behind the wheel. Fatigue can also be a problem for drivers on long-distance trips.

Make sure you are always well-rested before you drive, and pull over to rest or take a break if you start to feel drowsy.

Aggressive Driving

Some drivers get a false sense of invincibility on the road and drive more aggressively than is safe. Speeding, following too close, improper lane changes, and quick turns are just a few of the unsafe practices that can fall under the classification of aggressive driving.

Always follow traffic safety rules when you are behind the wheel. Don’t let frustration with other drivers or impatience to reach your destination affect the choices you make. Acting on impulse and engaging in aggressive driving could result in a serious accident that could leave you or others with serious injuries (or worse).

Weather

Sometimes, conditions on the road are beyond your control. Heavy rain, hail, or snow can make driving conditions less safe by reducing your visibility, making the road slick, or causing unexpected debris on the roadway.

To keep yourself and other drivers safe on the road during inclement weather, practice extra caution when you are behind the wheel. Reduce your speed as necessary, increase your following distance, or pull off the road if needed. Also be sure that your vehicle is always in top condition, with working wipers, quality tires, and sound brakes.

Driving Under the Influence

The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have been well-documented, but it continues to be a cause of a significant number of accidents each year. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are out and have been drinking, call a cab or ask a friend or family member to drive you home.

With more education about these common causes of traffic accidents, drivers can learn to make better choices that greatly reduce their risk of getting into serious accidents that can lead to serious injury to themselves or others on the road.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.

Researchers Say Few Follow Recommendations for Child Safety in Cars

Wearing a seat belt can protect you from serious injury when you have been involved in even a minor car crash. Children need even more protections as they are smaller and are more vulnerable in a crash. However, research from the University of Michigan shows that many parents and children are not following the recommended guidelines for child safety harnesses in the car.

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that few children remain in rear-facing car seats after they turn 1, fewer than 2 percent of children over 7 sit in a booster seat, and many who are older than 6 sit in the front seat.

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their guidelines for child car safety and recommended that children remain in rear-facing safety seats until they turn 2.

Laws for child-safety seats vary by state, but most recommend that children stay in rear-facing seats until they reach a certain weight limit, and many safety advocates recommend they remain rear-facing even longer, as it is safer for small children. Most also require that children be at least 8 (and a certain weight) before sitting in the front seat.

The study looked at three years of data from the National Survey on the Use of Booster Seats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The researchers also interviewed drivers and collected independent data.

Researchers also found a correlation between safety belt use and race and economic status. Minorities and poor families were more likely to forego child safety seats or to transition children to adult belts earlier than recommended.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you!

North Carolina drivers at risk of car accidents involving deer

Fall in North Carolina is a time of year when drivers face a higher-than-usual risk of colliding with deer. The chances of striking a deer with your car in North Carolina are 1 in 139, according to a study released by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. on Oct. 3. The odds of getting into a car accident with a deer are higher in North Carolina than in most other states (North Carolina is ranked 16 out of the 50 states).

As personal injury lawyers in North Carolina, we have seen the devastating impact of serious car accidents. North Carolina auto accidents can happen in an instant. If you or a loved one was injured, or a loved one sustained fatal injuries, contact an experienced North Carolina car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Tell them you mean business.

The top five counties in North Carolina for animal-related collisions in 2010 were Wake (1,051), Pitt (713), Duplin (646), Guilford (635) and Randolph (534), according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. To avoid collisions with deer or other wildlife this fall, please consider the following safety tips provided by the NCDOT:

  • Slow down if you see a deer-crossing sign or if you are moving through heavily wooded areas, especially during late afternoon or evening.
  • Use your high beams, when possible, and watch out for eyes reflecting in the headlights.
  • Be aware that deer travel in groups. If you see one crossing the road, more deer may be somewhere up the road.
  • If you see a car, do not swerve. This may cause the car to rollover or may send you into the path of another car, leading to a more serious car crash.
  • Sound your horn if you see a deer near or on the road.
  • Keep a safe distance between your car and other vehicles. If the car ahead of you hits a deer, you may also become involved in the accident.

Accidents can happen fast, but the consequences can last for months, years or even a lifetime. If you sustained a car accident injury, don’t hesitate to talk with a caring and tough-minded attorney. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin to see how we may be able to help.