Causes of Car Accidents

Despite the advancements in vehicle safety and innovations in technology, nearly 1.2 million people die each year as a result of motor vehicle accidents. In fact, the World Health Organization reports that by the year 2020, that figure will increase by an astounding 65 percent.

Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:

Driver fatigue: Claiming the lives of some 100,000 motorists each year, driver fatigue is not limited to falling asleep at the wheel. Delayed reactions caused by fatigue, or drifting into the adjacent lane can result in a crash that causes severe injuries.

Speeding: Automobile manufacturers listen to customer’s desires. Therefore, as long as consumers want fast cars, manufacturers will continue to produce them, and drivers will continue to speed. Excessive speeding often results in the most tragic of accidents. For more about speeding:


Weather: Adverse weather conditions, courtesy of Mother Nature can make it challenging to see the road. Conditions such as snow, fog, rain, hail, wind and sleet can obscure a driver’s sight and increase the chance of a motor vehicle accident.

Drunk Driving: Sadly, hundreds of thousands of drivers continue to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel. The main problem with drunk driving is delayed reflexes. Therefore, simple actions such as turning a corner can become difficult and result in a deadly crash.

Distractions: In today’s technology age, drivers are increasingly distracted by cell phones, MP3 players and GPS units. Other causes of driver distraction may include rubbernecking, applying makeup, eating, and viewing the landscape.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident in the Austin, Texas area, please call Funk & Associates at (512) 472-3865 or contact us online.

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Yanni Funk, Attorney at Law

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