Common Causes of Car Accidents in Houston

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Someone in Texas is injured in a traffic accident every 2 minutes and 3 seconds, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The sad truth is that many of these accidents could have been prevented. Far too many crashes are caused by negligence on the part of one or more parties involved.

No matter the cause of your car crash, if you believe someone else was to blame, you should call the trusted personal injury attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, right away. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience, and we can help you fight for fair compensation for the pain you’ve been through. Get a free initial consultation by calling us or filling out our contact form.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?

Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Houston include:

Distracted driving: Cellphones, snacks in the car, video display systems, and other distractions have led to a significant increase in distracted driving accidents in recent years. Drivers who are distracted may take their hands off the wheel and their eyes off the road, making it harder to see and react in the event of an emergency. Distractions also take a driver’s concentration away from the act of controlling the vehicle, which makes it more difficult to avoid an accident.

Speeding: Speeding is a significant factor in both causing car accidents and in their resulting injuries. First, drivers moving at high speeds are more likely to lose control of their vehicle and have less margin for error if that occurs. Both of these facts make an accident more likely. Second, the impact force from an accident rises with the speed of the vehicles involved. A more violent impact makes it more likely that drivers and passengers will be seriously injured as a result of the crash.

Aggressive driving: Drivers who don’t share the road and act in an aggressive manner are much more likely to cause an accident. Aggressive driving behaviors include following too closely, intentionally stopping short in front of someone, cutting off other vehicles, aggressively using the vehicle’s horn, etc.

Reckless driving: While drivers who act in a deliberately aggressive or provocative manner can be very dangerous, drivers who are reckless or careless can be just as harmful. Ignoring speed limits, posted signs, and other traffic laws make a driver much more likely to make a mistake that leads to an accident.

Drunk driving: Drunk driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Drivers who are intoxicated have slowed reflexes, impaired judgment, and are more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors. All of these factors make them more likely to cause an accident. A driver who’s severely intoxicated by alcohol may also fall asleep at the wheel, leading to an accident.

Drug use: Drivers who abuse illegal narcotics or certain prescription medications will experience many of the same effects as drivers who abuse alcohol. Substances that can increase a driver’s chance of being involved in an accident include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription painkillers, sleep aids, and anti-anxiety medications. Even when used properly, certain medications can compromise driving performance.

Driver fatigue: In many ways, drivers who are severely fatigued are just as potentially dangerous as drivers intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. High levels of fatigue impair brain function in much the same way as alcohol or drugs, including slowed reflexes and lapses in judgment. A driver who falls asleep at the wheel, even for just a few seconds, can drift out of his or her lane or hit another vehicle.

Failure to yield right-of-way: Ignoring stop signs and yield signs, blowing through red lights, improper merges or lane changes, and other examples of failure-to-yield all put drivers at risk of a major collision. Drivers should always allow for enough space when passing and merging and yield the right-of-way when required by law or posted signs.

Following too closely: Impatient and aggressive drivers lead to many rear-end accidents because they’re following the vehicle in front of them too closely. Without allowing for sufficient time and space to safely apply the brakes, it’s much harder to avoid rear-end collisions.

Failure to signal: Proper use of turn signals is essential to minimizing the chance of an accident on the roads. A driver’s turn signal communicates his or her intentions to other drivers, allowing them to prepare for turns and respond accordingly. Failing to use turn signals makes it harder for other drivers to predict what’s happening, which can lead to a crash.

Bad weather: Precipitation on the roads — rain, snow, ice, sleet, etc. — makes it harder for vehicles to maintain traction and stay in control. High winds can also make vehicles harder to safely handle, especially smaller cars. Drivers should prepare carefully when driving in inclement weather and be extra cautious.

Poor road conditions: Cracked road surfaces, potholes, poor signage, broken down safety barriers, and other kinds of road damage can all make it harder for drivers to maintain control and avoid a crash.

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