The morning and afternoon commute to and from work is just part of the daily routine for many of us in New York City and the Scranton area and while a commute can be frustrating at times when traffic is bad, it is generally uneventful. Sadly, this routine can be abruptly shattered if we learn our loved one was killed in a car wreck during their daily commute.
Fatal car wrecks can occur for a myriad of reasons. But there are some common causes of fatal car crashes to be aware of.
Common causes of fatal car wrecks
While many factors could play a role in a fatal car wreck, there are some common causes of car crashes to be aware of.
Drunk driving is a significant cause of fatal car crashes. It is estimated that over 30 people in the United States lose their lives every day in drunk driving collisions.
Speeding is another significant cause of fatal car crashes. It is estimated that speeding played a role in almost 30% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2020.
Distracted driving is a third significant cause of fatal car crashes. Approximately 8% of all fatal car wrecks in 2020 involved a distracted driver.
Finally, drowsy driving is a significant cause of fatal car wrecks. It is estimated that in 2020, 1.6% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involved drowsy driving.
Fatal car wrecks and wrongful death claims
If you lose a loved one in a fatal car wreck, you may be able to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed if a person dies due to the negligence of another, and the deceased’s survivors suffer financial damages as a result of the death. If you believe you have grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim, you can bring the matter up to an attorney who can examine your situation and offer you guidance moving forward.