For many age groups, car accidents are the leading cause of death. There are roughly 40,000 fatal accidents each year in the United States. It’s clear that car accidents are a problem that are here to stay.
In many of these situations, the reason why it’s so difficult to prevent these car accidents is because some sort of addictive behavior is involved. For example, it has been estimated that about a third of all fatal accidents are drunk driving accidents. Not all drivers who are over the limit are addicted to alcohol, but addiction can certainly lead to overuse and abuse, and that can lead to a car accident.
Addiction is also tricky because it means that the individual may make decisions that they know are unwise at the time, but they feel they have no choice. In this way, the deterrent of being arrested for a drunk driving charge doesn’t change their choices at all.
Alcohol isn’t the only issue
Don’t assume that alcohol is the only thing that drivers are addicted to. There are clearly issues with illegal drugs, as well, and there are drivers who may be addicted to prescription medications. All of these can impact the way that someone drives and cause an accident, even if that driver hasn’t had any alcohol at all.
Furthermore, in the modern day, cellphone addiction is a major cause of car accidents. It leads to consistent distracted driving, and many drivers are so addicted that they will even do things like checking social media while the car is in motion. Just like a drunk driver, they know that it’s dangerous, but the addiction makes it hard to stop.
Those who have been injured in these car accidents need to know how to seek financial compensation.