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Understanding Factors That Increase Car Accidents

As a Portland car crash attorney, we see all types of accidents and the devastating effects an accident can have on someone’s life. Despite the fact that speeding is illegal and steps have been taken to help decrease distracted driving, they are both prevalent “bad” behaviors on the road today and still remain two of the leading causes for car accidents.

Unfortunately, fatal auto crashes are increasing again after decades of declines. In 2016, 495 people died on Oregon’s roads, a 58 percent increase from the 313 deaths in 2013. Some of this can be attributed to speeding due to distracted driving.

According to safecar.gov approximately 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes involve excessive speeding and nearly 75 percent of fatal rollovers occur where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour or greater.

Any time a driver is driving faster than the posted limit on any given road, they are speeding.  It can also occur when a driver drives too fast given current road conditions. A driver’s speed should be decreased to account for dangerous road conditions in rain, fog, ice, snow, sleet and any other type of weather.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that more than 30 percent of traffic accidents could be attributed to speeding. Speeding is responsible for approximately 10,000 deaths yearly.

Speeding not only can cause injury to the driver, but also to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. When speed is involved, victims can suffer all types of serious injuries, including whiplash and traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, fractures, sprains and burn injuries. A victim of a speeding accident may face losing a limb or becoming paralyzed.

Distracted driving adds another factor to driving accidents. With increasingly better service, more and more drivers drive distracted by their cell phones and other elements.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, each day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.1

Obviously, being involved in any accident may drastically affect a person’s life. Anyone who has been involved in a serious speeding accident may want to speak with an experienced Portland car crash attorney who can review the case. Call today for a free, initial consultation.

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