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Reviewing statistics on auto accident causes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a survey from 2015 showed that the United States had one of the highest percentage of fatalities due to drunk driving accidents among high-income nations. In San Francisco, California, and cities throughout the nation, drunk driving remains a major concern. That said, there are a plethora of other factors that can play a role in auto accidents, many of which result in either the loss of life or serious injuries.

In addition to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, traffic accidents are also the result of drivers reaching excessive speeds or being distracted by other passengers or their cell phones. However, there are many other auto accident causes that all drivers should recognize. For example, drivers may fall asleep behind the wheel, fail to pay attention to signs or make poor decisions while driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration draws attention to some of the other reasons why traffic accidents occur, such as brake failure, engine problems or tire issues. Moreover, a motor vehicle accident may take place because of environmental factors, including heavy rain, fog, ice on the road, snow and other potential dangers.

When a family loses one of their loved ones in a collision, it is vital for them to carefully review the details surrounding the crash. If their family member's death was avoidable and only occurred because of someone else's reckless behavior, they should immediately take a look at all of their options.

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