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Common Causes of Car Accidents in Alabama


May 11, 2020

Vehicle accidents occur in Alabama close to every three minutes, according to Drive Safe Alabama. These accidents can have devastating effects on the people involved, resulting in severe injuries, significant medical bills, and emotional trauma. While every accident plays out differently, many car accidents in Alabama can be traced to common causes.  

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a serious issue in the state of Alabama, particularly when it comes to drivers texting behind the wheel. Alabama lawmakers are pushing for a Hands-Free Law that would make it illegal for people to hold their cell phones while driving, but a bill to this effect has yet to pass. A person who is texting while driving 23 times more likely to be involved in a vehicle accident than a person who is not texting while driving. 

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving accounts for many car accidents in Alabama, including many injury and fatality accidents. DUI accidents in Alabama are about seven times more likely to lead to fatalities than other types of accidents. 

Speeding

Alabama ranks twelfth in the United States for most traffic fatalities related to speeding. Speeding is the largest contributing factor to deadly traffic accidents in the state and a top-three factor in all other types of crashes. When drivers are traveling at higher speeds, they have less time to react to situations ahead and collide with other vehicles with greater force. In 2010, 45 percent of people involved in speeding-related accidents sustained injuries.

Reckless Driving

The actions of drivers directly cause 57 percent of traffic accidents and indirectly cause 36 percent of accidents. When drivers do things like weave through traffic, pass on the shoulder, or cut other motorists off, they place everyone on the road at risk for a serious accident. 

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Source:

https://drivesafealabama.org/serious-stats/


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