According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is a factor in nearly 80 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. This means that eight out of every ten accidents could potentially be avoided if all drivers would simply pay attention to the task at hand.
Of course, one of the largest causes of distracted driving is texting or talking on a cellphone while operating a vehicle. The state of California has taken measures to decrease cellphone-related car accidents by banning the use of handheld devices in a car, but this law does not address all forms of distraction.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine or call (661) 333-3333 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Bakersfield car accident lawyer.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Distracted driving is not limited to cellphone use. In fact, any time attention is taken off the road, the potential for a car accident increases. Frequent causes of distraction include:
- Adjusting the radio
- Programing or reading GPS
- Applying makeup
- Eating or drinking
- Turing to talk to passengers
- Reading billboards or looking at scenery
All of these actions increase the risk of an accident and should be avoided while operating a vehicle.
Other common causes of car accidents include:
- Aggressive driving or speeding
- Alcohol or drug use
- Defective vehicles
- Dangerous or unmaintained roadways
Many car accidents are not a result of one, but rather a combination of factors, all of which must be identified to ensure proper compensation.
The best way to determine what caused a car accident is through an investigation headed up by an experienced car accident attorney. Bakersfield attorney Mickey Fine is prepared to conduct an investigation, establish liability, and fight for the compensation you are due.