Car accidents happen for all sorts of reasons, from the weather to reckless driving. However, looking at the data behind those crashes often exposes trends or at least common reasons why they keep happening. Why can’t we, as a society, put an end to these risks? Sometimes, addiction is the real reason for this.
Alcohol and drug addiction
Each year sees roughly 10,000 lives lost to impaired driving accidents. A driver could be high on marijuana, intoxicated from alcohol or even impaired by a legal prescription drug they’re taking for a medical condition. All drivers know that driving under the influence is dangerous, and the statistics make this very clear. However, addiction means that many people still drive while impaired. They are just unable to stop on their own.
In the last decade or so, distracted driving accidents have also soared. Smartphones are often blamed, and you have people who cause accidents while texting, talking, taking pictures and using social media — just to name a few dangerous habits. Again, this sounds easy to stop if people would just leave their phones in their pockets while driving. However, cellphone addiction is very common. In one study, a full 60% of college students admitted to being addicted to their phones.
Have you been injured in a crash caused by an addicted driver?
If you were injured in a crash, you may be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and many other costs as well as damages. An experienced attorney can help you seek the compensation you deserve.