As you learn more and more about the fact that there are more fatal car accidents each year in the United States, you are likely wondering: What is the cause of this? Keep reading to get a few ideas. If you have been injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Most People Assume Others Are the Problem Even When Admitting They Engage in Dangerous Driving Behavior
It is common for a person to see the increase in deadly car accidents and assume that it is caused by other people driving poorly. However, a recent study showed that 64% of people think that it is okay if they speed. Nearly 50% think that texting manually or via voice controls is fine if they’re doing it. 13% think it is okay for them to drive when high on marijuana. Nearly 10% of people surveyed said that they are able to drive safely even if they have had too much alcohol.
On the other hand, these same drivers do not think others are safe if they are engaging in these behaviors. It seems that the answer to these roadway deaths may be to convince people that they too are part of the problem.
Other Issues That Are Leading to More Vehicular Deaths
It is also important to remember that there are more people on the road than at any time in history. The economy is improving in certain ways, and improvements in economies have historically been linked to a boost in fatal vehicle accidents. As gas prices drop, more people are choosing to drive than take other forms of transportation.
Teenagers have long had the highest fatal crash rate per mile they drive, and some are blaming millennials not just for shortages in avocado but for the increase in traffic deaths too. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 80% of millennials admitted to taking part in at least one risky behavior while driving (such as texting or speeding) within the last 30 days.
But it cannot all be blamed on millennials – the same survey showed that drivers of all age groups engage in risky behavior. Upwards of 40% of all people who responded to the survey admitted that they had used their phone while driving, and about 33% said they had sent emails or texts while driving.
What to Do if You Are Involved in a Car Accident
If you are the victim of a car accident in which another party is at fault, it is worth contacting a personal injury attorney to find out if you have grounds for a case. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now to get started.