Accidents happen because of one person's negligence that endangers another person's safety. When it comes to car accidents, many people find it hard to determine who is at fault, since both parties are raising a claim against each other. In this scenario, a detailed statement from the witness is very crucial. The police officer or the authorities will try to look the fault from the angle of collision and amount of damage the vehicles sustained. But if I were to ask, what are the main causes of car accidents? Because by default, drivers are driving with all care, adhering the standards of safe driving. But why still accidents happen?
As we can see, there are lots of causes of accidents that the driver himself is the culprit. This is called the driver error. The most common driver error is distracted driving, which consists of many kinds, including texting and driving, drinking and driving, putting on makeup, eating, listening to music and the like. These elements are very common, regardless how drivers would say they are cautious. But still, the danger is just waiting something to be uncovered.
Texting and Driving
Because of the growing number of cellphones and other electronic gadgets, drivers cannot resist the temptation of reading a text message every time their phone beeps. They can't help texting and replying a simple greeting. Teenagers are more prone to this activity. That is why, the number of car accidents involving teenagers are increasing everywhere. When texting, the driving takes his one hand off the wheel and read the message while glancing off the road. This has been the most dangerous gesture like answering a phone call while driving, that is often banned by many states nationwide.
Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving or driving under the influence is probably one of the famous criminal activity of most drivers in the United States. Many people who are involved in this activity might not be caught on their first attempt. But when they are caught, the consequence would be very serious that includes incarcerating charges. However with personal injury, DUI is considered as civil case if the person involved does not exceed the limits of criminal action like smashing other people's car on the road. Drinking and driving could become a personal injury case when the driver is smashing mailboxes or colliding with his neighbor's fences, etc. The damage to property may be filed under personal injury case.
DUI belongs to distracted driving because when the driver consumed an alcohol that exceeds the legal limit, his vision and loco-motor functions may be impaired so he can't maneuver his vehicle safely on the road. And worse, because of his impairment he can endanger other innocent people's lives on the streets.
Putting on Make-up, Eating and Listening to Music
Most drivers, especially those who are late for work, do necessary things while in the car and worse while driving. Say for instance, women who are late for work, put their make up on or lipstick and powder on in the car, while driving or in the jammed traffic. The situation may become even worse when they are driving. Another instance is eating and listening to music. Eating also takes one hand or both hand off the wheel making the driver unable to control the vehicle whenever needed. Listening to music is also considered another distraction, especially when the driver is listening to loud music. This can cause accident because the music can mask other vehicle's horns or emergency signals that any reasonable driver must do under similar circumstance.