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Common Causes of Dallas Car Wrecks

Common Causes of Dallas Car WrecksTaking a drive through Dallas, one will often notice vehicles crashed on the side of the road after just being involved in an accident. It is actually very common to see an auto accident in Dallas, many of which resulted in injury. In fact, in 2011 there were over 57,000 car accidents in Texas that resulted in injury. These statistics make it clear that the odds are high for any driver to eventually become involved in an accident.

Accidents are an unfortunate part of driving. There many types of wrecks with many different factors.

The Four Most Common Causes of Dallas Car Wrecks are:

  • Distracted drivers – The most common cause of accidents is drivers who are distracted. They account for approximately 25-50 percent of crashes. There are many contributing factors that come into play for distracted drivers, the most common being texting, rubbernecking, and other passengers.
  • Driver fatigue – The second most common cause of a car accident in Texas is driver fatigue. There are over 100,000 accidents every year in the United States associated with driver fatigue. The risk of a fatigued driving accident is highest between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Many drivers decide to save time and drive even when they know they are tired.
  • Drunk driving – A study conducted by NHTSA in 2004 concluded that an estimated 16,654 people were killed due to a drunk driving accident. The only way to prevent this type of accident is simply to not drink.
  • Speeding – Driving at an excessive rate of speed reduces the amount of time it takes to avoid a crash as well as increases the amount of damage done on impact.

The best way to reduce the risk of an auto accident is to take the proper safety precautions. It can only reduce the risks and cannot guarantee an accident won’t happen. If you have been involved in a Dallas automobile crash, it is important to know your legal options. Contact a Texas car wreck lawyer at Guajardo & Marks for a free case evaluation. Call 972-774-9800 today to get your case started.