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Why motor vehicle accidents happen

We all know there is no way to completely eliminate vehicle accidents. Even when everyone is driving safely, there's always a risk of an accident that involves one or more vehicles.

However, there are a variety of circumstances that increase the risk of a crash, including the following:

  • Aggressive driving: This takes on many forms, such as excessive speeding, tailgating, failure to use turn signals and illegal passing.
  • Distracted driving: From texting and talking on the phone to eating and drinking, neglecting to pay attention to the road continues to be a top cause of motor vehicle accidents throughout the country.
  • Drunk driving: For many years, the government and local law enforcement agencies have been taking steps to cut down on drunk driving. But despite their best efforts, there are always people who drink too much and then decide to drive.
  • Drowsy driving: Even if a person doesn't completely fall asleep, driving in a drowsy state increases the risk of making a poor decision. This can affect anyone, but commercial truck drivers make up the largest category of drowsy drivers.

As a driver, you can take a variety of steps to avoid the above as to prevent an accident. But what you can't do is change the decisions that other drivers make.

Should a negligent driver cause a serious accident, you shouldn't wait to call 911 to explain what happened and request help. Doing so should give you some peace of mind, as well as the assistance you need.

In the end, it's the steps you take after the accident that position you to hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions.

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