There are multiple situations that can lead to car and other types of vehicle accidents, such as big rig collisions. The three most common, however, are distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. When someone has been in an accident where they have sustained an injury or died, then it is important to contact a personal injury attorney or a wrongful death attorney.
While people may be distracted when driving during the day or night, recent data shows that roughly 660,000 people use their cellphones while driving during daylight hours. Other types of distracted driving include manipulating various devices, such as computer tablets and radios. Due to these and other types of distracted driving, 3,477 people lost their lives in 2015.
Driver fatigue is another aspect of distracted driving that can potentially contribute to car and other types of vehicle accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a study that found 13% of the truck accidents that have occurred were due to driver fatigue. This would also include big rig collisions, because many of these drivers travel long distances without taking breaks when transporting goods.
Speeding and Other Forms of Aggressive Driving
Many people that drive while under the influence of alcohol or other substances may speed or engage in other types of aggressive behavior. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that 68% of fatal traffic accidents are related to aggressive driving.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, 23% of semi-truck accidents were caused by truck drivers that were not taking road conditions into consideration. As a result, there are thousands of accidents that result in fatalities. When taking all semi-truck accidents into consideration, however, 98% of these result in at least one person losing their life.