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Researchers look for main causes of auto crashes

Auto accidents are always a worry for drivers in Texas and across the United States, and they're quite frequent; at least 6 million car crashes happen every year in the United States. That figure has continued to grow, with the number of fatalities escalating in both 2015 and 2016. Researchers are examining these crashes to learn more about their causes in an attempt to prevent future car accidents as well as cutting down on the human cost in deaths and injuries. Technologies that track driver behavior and detailed accident investigations are both being used in order to develop an understanding of the crashes.

There are several primary causes that contribute to the car crashes that take place each year in the United States. One is drowsy driving. More than a third of people who have been surveyed say they have dozed off while driving, and it has been estimated that this behavior is the cause of 7 percent of crashes each year and 21 percent of fatal accidents. Not getting behind the wheel while overly tired and avoiding solo night driving can help to avoid these accidents.

Another significant risk on the road is that of losing control of the vehicle. Far from something that happens only to inexperienced drivers, a loss of control can happen due to slippery roads after rain or going too fast around a steep curve. Paying attention to weather conditions and slowing down when taking sharp curves or evasive maneuvers can help to ensure a vehicle stays in the driver's full control.

While some auto accidents cannot be prevented, most are the result of a driver's negligence. People who have been injured in a crash caused by a motorist who was speeding, nodding off behind the wheel, or impaired by alcohol might want to have the help of a lawyer when seeking compensation for their losses.

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