Reasons Why Roseville Car Accident Injuries and Fatalities Happen

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June 25, 2018
Edward Smith

Reasons Why Roseville Car Accident Injuries and Fatalities Happen

Reasons Why Roseville Car Accident Injuries and Fatalities Happen

Motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities are increasing in California. While part of the problem is due to better economic conditions and an increased population, negligence plays a significant role in collisions. When an accident happens, an injury lawyer can help recover the costs of medical bills, lost time from work, and other expenses associated with the crash.

Nationwide Rise in Traffic Fatalities

The National Safety Council reported that 2016 saw the highest traffic fatalities since 2007, with 40,000 deaths nationwide. California placed second behind Texas in the number of accident deaths. Driver error and reckless behavior was by far the main reason for traffic accidents, including the following:

  • Speeding: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 27 percent of all traffic accidents are caused by speeders. In 2016, it cost the lives of 10,111 individuals. Speeding is dangerous because a driver is more likely to lose control of the vehicle, seat restraints, airbags are not designed to work well when driving too fast, stopping distance is reduced, and injuries are worsened.
  • Drunk driving: Drunk drivers around the country cost almost 29 fatalities each day and caused 10,497 deaths in 2016. Driving while under the influence of alcohol impairs a motorist’s ability to reason, muscle coordination, and brain function. Also, drivers who go the wrong way are usually drunk.
  • Drugged driving: In 2016, more than 11.8 million drivers were reported as being under the influence of drugs while on the roads. The most common drug used was marijuana.
  • Distracted driving: In 2016, distracted drivers cost 3,450 lives across America. The previous year, 391,000 people were reported as having been injured because of a distracted driver. Texting, talking on a cell phone, eating and drinking while driving, and other behaviors contribute to distracted driving. It has been shown that when a driver removes his or her eyes from the road for less than two seconds to text someone, the vehicle has gone as far as the length of a football field.
  • Drowsy driving: Drowsy drivers cost 824 lives in 2015, representing 2.2 percent of traffic fatalities. Although anyone can be a drowsy driver, some contributing areas are shift work, lack of sleep the night before, and prescription or over-the-counter medications.
  • Aggressive driving or road rage: Aggressive driving, according to the Insurance Information Institute, includes weaving from one lane to the other, tailgating, illegal passing, running traffic lights, and failing to yield.

Roseville Auto Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville auto accident attorney. No matter how cautious a driver is, they can still be involved in an accident with another negligent motorist. If this happens to you or your loved one and injuries, occur, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help. For free and friendly advice, please phone me at (916) 921-6400 or my toll-free number (800) 404-5400. I can also be reached through the contact form located on my website.

I’ve helped residents of Roseville for more than 36 years to get the compensation they deserve and need in many types of severe car accidents, including brain injuries and cases of wrongful death.

Because I won a settlement or verdict for $1 million for a client, I’ve been inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates.

If you would like to know how I have helped clients in the past, visit my verdicts and settlements page. It has a partial list of some prior cases and how they concluded

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