In the United States, on average, there are around 6 million car accidents that take place each and every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of those accidents, roughly 3 million people sustain injuries. Car accidents can occur for a multitude of different reasons. We have included the top three most common causes of auto accidents in Alaska in the following paragraphs.
- Distracted Driving
Currently, the most prevalent cause for car accidents to take place in Anchorage is distracted driving. Any activity that distracts a driver from the roadway and their immediate surroundings while driving is considered a distraction. Some examples of driver distraction are talking on the phone, texting, eating, and engaging in conversation with passengers. Some other less prevalent examples are changing the radio station, putting on makeup/grooming, or looking at your GPS system too frequently. Any action that takes your attention away from driving safely is considered a dangerous distraction that could lead to an accident.
Texting on your cell phone and driving is considered a crime in the state of Alaska. Reading or sending a text takes your eyes off of the roadway for at least five seconds. If you are traveling at least 55 miles per hour, this is equal to taking your eyes off of the road for the length of an entire football field or more.
According to reports from the NHTSA, texting and driving was responsible for roughly 3,450 deaths in the United States in 2016. It was estimated that nearly half a million people were injured in car accidents caused by texting and driving that year.
Unless your undivided attention is on the road, you cannot drive safely.
- Drunk/Impaired Driving
Drunk, impaired, and intoxicated driving are all basically the same thing. There is no excuse for this type at risk for injury or worse. Drunk driving can lead to car crashes due to the driver’s reaction times being slowed as well as their attention span becoming extremely limited. Their vision becomes impaired, as well as their judgment, which is extremely dangerous while operating a motor vehicle. They may experience trouble judging their own speed as well as the speed of other drivers, and the distance between them and other cars. Being drunk can make people feel “invincible” which can cause them to drive through red lights or stop signs. There are many dangerous factors that come into play when a person drives drunk.
Drunk driving is a very serious offense in Anchorage and other cities in Alaska. First offenders face jail time as well as hefty fines and suspended licenses. These penalties significantly increase each time a person is found to be drunk behind the wheel.
- Reckless Driving
It is obvious that traffic laws are put in place for a reason; To keep everyone on the road as safe as possible at any given time. However, some people, for whatever reason, choose to disobey these laws. Whether it be driving at unsafe speeds, making illegal turns, or failing to use turning signals, each of these actions is risky and dangerous behavior that can put every driver on the roadway at risk of injury or death.
A serious problem across the country, reckless driving takes thousands of lives each year. Ignoring traffic laws makes a car accident a more likely possibility. Roadways become extremely dangerous when people decide to drive recklessly.
The Law Office of Jason Skala is Here for You.
Being injured in an Anchorage car accident caused by negligence is one of the worst things a person can go through. The only thing worse than this is losing a loved one to a negligently caused accident. In either case, the Law Office of Jason Skala is here for you. Jason Skala has been working to protect and preserve the rights of injured traffic accident victims in Anchorage for many years. He has extensive experience and knowledge pertaining to the car accident laws and regulations in Alaska and will work diligently on your behalf in order to get you the financial compensation and justice you may be entitled to. Call our law office today at 907- 569-6633 in order to be connected with a skilled and knowledgeable Anchorage personal injury lawyer who will be able to assist you through your crash aftermath and help you to swiftly recover from your injuries.