If you live in Orange County, chances are you've been in a car accident. In fact, according to data from the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were over 23,000 car accidents in Orange County in 2016 alone. That's an average of 63 accidents per day! While some of these accidents are unavoidable, many are caused by driver error. In this blog post, we'll take a look at the three most common causes of car accidents in Orange County so that you can avoid them in the future.
1. Distracted Driving
As our lives get busier and busier, it's tempting to try to multi-task while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this often leads to distracted driving, which is one of the most common causes of car accidents. From texting and talking on the phone to eating and drinking, there are countless ways that drivers can take their eyes off the road. Even something as innocuous as talking to a passenger can be distracting. If you must use your phone or eat while driving, pull over off an exit or parking lot so that you can give your full attention to driving. Your life—and the lives of others—may depend on it.
While speeding may not seem like a big deal, it's one of the leading causes of car accidents—especially fatal ones. As Orange County Auto Accident Attorneys, we see firsthand how devastating speeding accidents can be. Not only do they cause property damage and injuries, but they often result in fatalities. And for what? To save a few minutes? It's just not worth it. Obey posted speed limits and drive defensively to help prevent speed-related accidents.
3. Impaired Driving
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is never a good idea. Not only is it illegal, but it's also another one of the leading causes of car accidents—particularly fatal ones. If you've been drinking or taking drugs including medications, don't drive. Call a friend or Uber to get home safely instead. It may seem like a pain at the time, but it's far better than getting into an accident or hurting yourself or someone else.
Car accidents are all too common in Orange County—but many of them are preventable. By avoiding distracted driving, obeying posted speed limits, and never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you can help keep yourself and others safe on our roads. Drive carefully out there!
Scott D. Hughes is a personal injury and auto accident lawyer practicing throughout California. Contact us for a free consultation if you have been injured in an auto accident.