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Common Causes of Car Accidents in Oakland

By Kelly Balamuth on August 29, 2011

Like all cities with a large volume of vehicles on the road, there are many causes of car accidents in Oakland. Here are some of the most common.

Distracted driving: One of the deadliest and highest producers of crashes is frequently categorized into three areas: 1) when drivers remove their eyes from the road, 2) when drivers takes their hands off the steering wheel), and 3) when drivers allow their minds to drift away from the road. Using handheld devices is often considered among the most treacherous forms of distracted driving, as it engages all three of these areas. The NHTSA reports that there were 5,474 deaths and approximately 448,000 injuries due to distracted driving-related vehicle accidents during 2009.

There are many other possible causes of car accidents, including but not limited to the following:

Driving while fatigued: This can cause a driver to fall asleep at the wheel, which often results in a crass. This is one of the most regular triggers of truck accidents, as truck operators often drive long hours in order to complete deliveries on-time or ahead of schedule.

Speeding: The faster drivers travel, the less reaction time they have if they need to react quickly to avoid an accident.

Drunk driving: Unfortunately, drivers who operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol make up approximately 40 percent of all vehicle accidents in the United States. There were 10,839 deaths resulting from drunk driving-related accidents in 2009.

Reckless driving: When a driver is operating aggressively or without regard for the safety of surrounding drivers, i.e. changing lanes too abruptly or following too closely, accidents are more likely to ensue.

Car manufacturing defects: Faults in car manufacturing can produce defects that may lead to crashes.

Natural elements: Rain, fog, ice, badly maintained roads, etc.

If you have been involved in a car crash that you think resulted from another driver’s wrongful actions, contact the Oakland car accident lawyers at Balamuth Harrington. We can help you understand your legal rights, as well as the options available to you based upon your situation. Call 1-888-254-1234 for a free review of your case.

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