We know that
auto accidents are happening every day in New York and across the United States, but
what actions are really at the root of this problem? We have created a
list of some of the most common causes of car accidents so that you can
avoid them, and watch out for other drivers who appear to be offenders.
Distracted Driving. Awareness of the dangers of distracted driving has grown so much over
the last few years, and with good reason—so many accidents originate
with a driver who is distracted in some way. Texting while driving and
talking on the phone while driving are two huge, well-known forms of distracted
driving, but there are many other times when we don't even realize
how dangerous our actions can be. Basically, anything that takes your
attention away from the road has the potential to cause an accident: trying
to calm down a screaming child, applying makeup while on the way to work,
trying to put a new address in to your GPS, or even shuffling through
your 6-disc CD changer trying to find your favorite song.
Reckless or Aggressive Driving. The rules of the road were put in place to keep everyone safe, but there's
always someone who "needs" to get somewhere quickly, or doesn't
feel that traffic signs apply to them. Speeding is probably the most common
type of reckless driving, but other issues include failing to yield the
right of way, not using your blinkers when changing lanes or turning,
tailgating when you feel a driver is going too slow, or running through
red traffic lights.
Drunk Driving. According to the New York State Police, about three in every ten Americans
will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lifetime.
Additionally, more than 30 percent of fatal crashes in New York are alcohol-related.
These are scary statistics and show that nothing good comes from getting
behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks.
You can't necessarily stop other drivers from practicing these dangerous
behaviors, but you can make sure that you avoid them. Keep an eye out
for any drivers on the road who may appear to be acting negligently and
try to stay as far away from them as possible—you may even want
to call 911 to report them as a way to protect other drivers on the road.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in New York, contact the
personal injury law firm of Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor at
866-440-4452 to schedule a free consultation.