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Why do car wrecks happen?

| Jul 16, 2021 | Car Accidents

Since there have been cars, there have been accidents. From the beginning of vehicle travel, they have sometimes run off the road, struck other cars and trucks, and plowed into stationary objects. No two car crashes are exactly the same, but there are some common reasons why they happen in the first place.

Fatigue

Have you ever let out a huge yawn while behind the wheel, or felt your eyes drift shut during a boring ride? If so, you were likely too tired to be driving in the first place. Countless drivers take to the roads each day across Louisiana and around the country that are simply too fatigued to operate a vehicle safely. Statistics are notoriously underreported, but it’s estimated that thousands of crashes happen each year because of drowsy drivers.

Driving while fatigued is in many ways like driving while intoxicated. Without sufficient rest, reaction times slow, critical thinking skills suffer, and poor choices occur.

Intoxication

Obviously, drinking and driving is a bad idea. It’s inherently dangerous and it’s illegal for a reason. Sadly, though, many irresponsible drivers do it anyway. Should an intoxicated driving strike your vehicle, your injuries could be serious. You might even lose someone you love dearly.

Distraction

Driving is a surprisingly complicated activity. You need to focus on many things at once. You have to keep an eye on traffic patterns, watch out for merging vehicles ahead, obey traffic signals and speed limits, all while keeping your car in your lane and on the road.

Anything that takes your attention away from the complex task of driving is a distraction. Common types include conversing with passengers, using electronic devices, and eating or drinking. You may think you are fine to multi-task without fear, particularly if you’ve been driving for years or you have lots of experience behind the wheel. Unfortunately, you are wrong. Any distraction, no matter how seemingly innocuous it may be otherwise, can be dangerous.

If you are involved in a crash, seek medical treatment right away. This is important not only for your health and recovery, but also to start the process of holding the at-fault driver accountable for his or her reckless and negligent actions.