You are acutely aware that every time you drive, you are at risk of an accident. Vehicle accidents happen much more often than they should. Luckily, you haven’t been in a major accident—yet.

Every time you see smashed-up vehicles, you feel bad for those involved and grateful that it wasn’t you. Unfortunately, someday, it could be you.

Just how common are car accidents?

On average, 6 million vehicle collisions happen every year in the United States. Furthermore, 90 people are killed per day in car accidents.

One of the leading causes of car crashes is distracted driving. Distracted driving is especially prevalent in Florida. In 2016, there were approximately 50,000 accidents caused by distracted drivers, and 233 people died as a result.

What are the leading causes of collisions?

There are various reasons why car accidents happen. Here are some of the most common accident-causing behaviors:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Reckless driving

Did you know drivers are 23 times more likely to crash their vehicle if they text and drive? All drivers should refrain from texting and driving for their safety and the safety of others.

Although you may decrease your risk of an accident by using caution, paying attention and driving defensively, another driver’s actions could affect your life.

What might happen after an accident?

You may not fully understand the repercussions of an accident until you have been in one. Accidents can cause catastrophic, life-changing injuries or death.

If you become injured in a vehicle collision, you will have medical bills, car repairs and possibly other damages to recoup. Many accident victims hire legal counsel to represent their needs and get the compensation they deserve.