Posted on February 19, 2010 in Personal Injury
Approximately 6.5 million automobile accidents occur annually in the United States, costing over $230 billion, injuring 3 million people, and killing over 45,000 people. This results in about 123 deaths each day, according to recent car accident statistics. In Hawaii, of course, the numbers are far lower, but we still have too many. Between 20 and 30 people are killed each year, and hundreds seriously and permanently disabled. Approximately 1/3rd of fatal car accidents involve drunk driving.
Four major factors contribute to such accidents:
- Mechanical issues, most commonly brakes and tires
- Road design and maintenance, such as blind turns, blocked signs, and diversions
- Road conditions
- Poor driver performance
The first three of these factors contribute to approximately five percent of all accidents involving motor vehicles worldwide. This leaves 95 percent of accidents attributable to poor driver performance./>
Poor driver performance
While distractions can and do cause accidents, speeding and aggression are most often at fault. A study by a major state police organization shows the following issues result in the most motor vehicle accidents, all of which are controllable by the driver:
- Unsafe lane changing
- Turning without signaling
- Refusing to yield the right of way
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or chemicals
It is also worth noting that the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident and of sustaining an automobile accident injury increase by a factor of 50 percent once the sun goes down. A Honolulu auto accident attorney can assist in recovering compensation if you were injured.
When you require the services of a car accident attorney in Honolulu, contact the Law Offices of Jeff Crabtree as soon as possible.
Learn the common factors contributing to car accidents. A Honolulu car accident attorney can help if you were seriously injured in an auto accident in Hawaii.