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Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Top Operator Error-Related Causes of Kansas Car Accidents

In the United States, car accidents are a major cause of injuries and fatalities. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 30,000 people are killed each year in car accidents. In the state of Kansas, it is estimated that at least 19,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2010 alone. The majority of car accidents are in whole or in part can be blamed on the driver. One way to make our roadways safer, is for drivers to gain a better understanding of the major causes of car accidents so they can be prevented. The below list includes seven of the top causes of operator-related car accidents in Kansas:

  • Cell phone usage: Drivers who choose to use a cell phone while behind the wheel are a huge cause of driver-related car accidents. Drivers who are talking on a cell phone or worse, who are texting, are not focused on the task of driving. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few precious seconds to text can lead to trouble.
  • Driving under the influence: Driving requires a motorist full use of all of his or her mental and physical faculties. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicating or mind-altering substance is driving impaired. Even a small amount of an intoxicating substance can substantially slow down a person's reaction time and lead to an accident.
  • Drowsy driver: Driving late into the evening or after working a double shift can be difficult and down-right dangerous. Drivers who choose to struggle through fatigue rather than to pull-over or stop driving are at risk of falling asleep while driving.
  • Speeding: Following the posted speed limit is a problem for many drivers. However, when a driver is traveling too fast he or she is much more likely to be the cause of an accident.
  • Rubbernecking: Road trips are a great way, especially for families to see the country and make the journey as fun as the destination. However, sometimes the scenery can become a distraction. Whether the driver is craning his or her neck to see an amazing rock formation or trying to get a better glimpse at a car accident-rubbernecking takes a driver's eyes off of the roadway in front of him or her. Remember, if there is something you as the driver want to see, it is best to pull over and park your vehicle safely.
  • Tailgating: Driving behind someone who is traveling well below the speed limit can be a pain. However, driving too close to another car's rear-end or 'tailgating' is not likely to make that driver drive the posted speed limit, but it does increase the likelihood of being involved in a car accident.
  • 'Sloppy' driving: Regardless of whether you are an experienced driver or a complete novice, the same rules of the road apply. Always come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights and remember to use your turn signals when turning or changing lanes.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in a serious automobile wreck, you need to speak with a seasoned Kansas Personal Injury Attorney. Only an experienced Kansas Personal Injury Law Attorney can answers your questions and assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve. For more than two decades, Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Charles Hyland of the Hyland Law Firm has aggressively fought for individuals injured in automobile accidents. The Hyland Law Firm invites you to contact our firm today at (913) 498-1911 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. At the Hyland Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing injury victims with exceptional legal services.

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