Common Causes Of Car Accidents In Texas

The number of car accidents that take place in the state of Texas and all around the country has been rising steadily. In order to prevent or reduce the rising number of car accidents it is necessary to first take a look at the common causes of a car accident. This provides us with insight regarding the factors that may contribute to collisions and may even help us understand what can be done to avoid being in an accident in the first place.

According to traffic accident statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT), the following are the 12 leading causes of Texas auto accidents in order of most common to least common:

  • ·         Failure to control speed
  • ·         Driver inattention
  • ·         Failure to drive in single lane
  • ·         Failure to yield while turning left
  • ·         Unsafe lane change
  • ·         Following too closely
  • ·         Improper evasive action
  • ·         Failure to yield at stop sign
  • ·         Speeding, under limit
  • ·         Disregard of stop sign or light
  • ·         Failure to yield in private drive
  • ·         Driving under the influence of alcohol

However it is safe to say that in some collisions none of these factors or multiple contributing factors have been indicated. The number of collisions by contributing factor does not add up to the number of traffic accidents. In addition to the causes enlisted above there are many other causes of car accidents. Most of them stem from driver negligence while others may be circumstances beyond a driver’s control.

  • Some of these additional causes include:
  • ·         Animal on road
  • ·         Cell phone use
  • ·         Defective or no headlights, brake lights, tail lights or turn signals
  • ·         Defective steering mechanism, tires or trailer hitch
  • ·         Disabled in traffic lane
  • ·         Disregard of construction warning signs
  • ·         Disregard of stop and go signal
  • ·         Disregard of turn marks at intersection
  • ·         Distraction in vehicle
  • ·         Drinking and driving
  • ·         Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • ·         Driving the wrong way on a one-way road
  • ·         Driving under the influence of drugs
  • ·         Driving without headlights
  • ·         Failure to signal
  • ·         Failure to yield to emergency vehicle
  • ·         Failure to yield to pedestrian
  • ·         Fatigued or asleep driver
  • ·         Fleeing or evading police
  • ·         Handicapped driver
  • ·         Ill driver
  • ·         Impaired visibility
  • ·         Improper passing
  • ·         Improper turn
  • ·         Load not secured
  • ·         Parked in traffic lane
  • ·         Road rage
  • ·         Speeding over the limit
  • ·         Taking medication
  • ·         Unsafe backing/reversing
  • ·         Unsafe passing
  • ·         Vehicle fire

It is quite easy to discern that speeding and driving while distracted are the two most common contributing factors to car accidents in Texas. Excessive speed limits maneuverability and reduces the reaction time that a driver has to respond in an emergency situation or a sudden change in traffic. It also increases the severity of a collision by creating a greater force of impact. Driving while distracted greatly enhances the risk of an accident as the attention of the drive is not fully on the task at hand. Texting while driving increases the chances of a crash because it involves cognitive, visual, and manual distraction in other words, it takes the mind, eyes, and hands away from the primary task of driving.

If you were injured in a traffic accident and wish to hold the at-fault driver or another party responsible for his or her conduct, it will be necessary to determine what caused your collision. This is where an experienced car accidents attorney in San Bernardino like Stephen Boutros can make all the difference.

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