There are millions of cars on the road and thousands of accidents happening every day. Your chances of getting into a fatal auto accident are 1 to 1,000 – and your odds of getting into a nonfatal wreck are even higher. Statistically, you are likely to be in three or four car accidents during your lifetime.
With safe driving maneuvers and caution, you can drastically lower the odds of getting into an accident. You could, however, still end up in an auto accident because of another driver’s actions.
Who causes car accidents?
Some drivers are more likely to cause accidents than others. The following are a few drivers that have a higher chance of causing auto accidents:
- Aggressive drivers: Some drivers may fly into a fit of rage when they’re cut off in traffic, for example. When this happens, they may purposely act aggressively by racing, shouting, tailgating or brake checking.
- Drunk drivers: Alcohol impairs the senses, which is why it’s against the law to drink and drive. Drunk drivers may have poor focus, judgment and muscle control. Because of this, they may violate traffic laws and cause accidents.
- Drowsy drivers: In many ways, drowsy driving is just as bad as drunk driving. Drowsy drivers may also fall asleep behind the wheel.
- Distracted drivers: Distractions occur anytime a driver takes their hands off the wheel or looks away from the road. This raises the chances of causing auto accidents. Most modern distractions happen because of phones.
An auto accident can severely harm you. You could end up with a lifetime of problems that are never really resolved.If you’re injured and have suffered losses after an accident, you may need to learn your options when seeking compensation.