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6 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Texas

While we all get in our cars at some point of the day, none of us expect to hit or get hit by a car and end up in a car wreck. Therefore, it is important to pay close attention when driving and follow driving safety measures.

Impaired Driving

Drunk driving accidents in Texas continue to occur at an alarming rate. Someone is injured or killed in a crash involving alcohol in Texas about every 20 minutes, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Many counties in South Texas including Brooks, Jim Wells, Duval, Jim Hogg, McMullen, Live Oak, Bee, Refugio, and Goliad rank in the top third of counties nationwide in rates of alcohol-related fatalities.

The highest percentage of drunk drivers falls in the 21-25 age range. Young drivers who were intoxicated were involved in more than 13,000 crashes in Texas in 2016. In 2015, 960 people died in crashes caused by drunk drivers in Texas, accounting for more than a fourth of all traffic fatalities. More drunk driving accidents are reported between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. than any other hour of the day.

Unsafe Lane Changes

A responsible driver lets other motorists know if he or she is about to change lanes or turn by signaling. Drivers who change lanes suddenly, weave from lane to lane, or drift out of lanes are responsible for many deadly and serious car accidents.

A driver making an unsafe lane change may sideswipe another vehicle or force another motorist off the road to avoid a collision. An unsuspecting driver can be involved in one of these accidents through no fault of their own.

Speeding, Failure to Control Speed

Drivers are required to obey posted speed limits. Unfortunately, many drivers make a habit of exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast during poor traffic or weather conditions. These drivers put all others sharing the road at risk, as they cannot bring the vehicle to a safe stop when necessary, among other dangers.

The faster a car is going, the more space a driver should allow for the car in front. Wet roads require more distance to come to a stop. Drivers should slow down during bad weather, poor visibility, or heavy traffic. More than 1,100 people died in speeding-related accidents in Texas in 2015.

Disregard of Traffic Lights, Signals or Stop Signs

Drivers who disregard traffic lights, speed through yellow lights too late, or do not stop at stop signs are responsible for causing many serious or fatal car crashes that occur in intersections. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 900 people a year die because of cars running red lights.

Nearly half of those killed are pedestrians and occupants of other cars hit by red-light runners. Red light runners are more likely to be young male drivers who have multiple speeding convictions on their driving record.

Wrong-Way Driving

Drunk drivers and other drivers make serious mistakes, one of which is entering a street or highway and driving into oncoming traffic. Wrong way driving on interstates often leads to fatal head-on collisions. It may be impossible to avoid one of these drivers, with tragic consequences. Inexperienced drivers may also make this often-fatal mistake.

Distractions in Vehicle

Distracted driving involves any activity that takes a driver’s attention off the task of driving. In-vehicle distractions include talking to passengers, as well as manual distractions such as adjusting in-car electronic systems, eating, and applying makeup. There are many other types of distracting drivers.

More than a third of Texas drivers said they talked on a cell phone while driving. Drivers who are daydreaming, listening to music, talking on a cell phone, texting, checking email, watching a video, eating or failing to remain focused on the road contribute to more than 100,000 crashes each year in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

These are just a couple of common causes of car accidents, just driving down the street is a risk and it’s best to be safe and take precaution by staying off the phone, making sure to give the car in front of you space and being aware of your surroundings. If you have been injured in a car accident make sure to contact us to better help you inquiry@domingogarcia.com