Causes of Car Accidents
Every year, over six million automobile accidents take place across the United States, resulting in over three million people getting injured.
Car accidents are a common occurrence. The financial cost associated with these accidents is $230 billion, which includes the value of property damaged and the compensation paid for bodily injuries and other damages.
Some of the Leading Causes of Car Accidents
- Drunk driving accidents: One of the leading causes of serious accidents is drunk driving. Not only should you not drink and drive, but you need to be aware that someone on the same road may be driving drunk, and therefore drive defensively. Stay away from someone weaving on the road and report suspicious conduct. You may help save lives.
- Driver fatigue: Many people are tired, but they keep driving anyway. Maybe they nod off for a second, and the scare keeps them wide awake … momentarily. If you are tired, pull over in a safe place and take a power nap or stay at a hotel. The damage to you, your car and possibly another person is not worth the attempt to push yourself. Do not fall asleep at the wheel. Many head-on collisions occur due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
- Careless and reckless driving: Speeding, driving fast in unsafe conditions (either unsafe weather or unsafe road conditions), and running red lights or stop signs (i.e., failure to stop) can cause a serious accident. Be especially mindful of construction zones, as these areas are frequent sites of car wrecks and hit-and-run accidents.
- Multitasking: Maybe you can multitask at work, but multitasking is not very intelligent on the road. If you are driving defensively, you have enough multitasking to do keeping a watchful eye on the cars in front of you, behind you and along side of you. Do not shave, read, put on makeup or use your cellphone while driving. Do not do anything that will distract you from paying attention to the road.
- Texting while driving: A driver is 23 times more likely to get into a car accident texting while driving. When texting, a person takes their eyes off the road for a minimum of 5 seconds. At 55mph that is equivalent to driving the length of a football field without looking up at the road. This has become such a problem that some states have banned the use of a mobile phone while driving.
If you have been involved in an accident where the other driver has indulged in any of the above mentioned activities, then he or she may be held liable for causing the accident. You may be entitled to receive compensation for the damages incurred, injuries sustained, loss of pay due to absence from work, pain and suffering, and other related expenses.
St. Louis Car Accident Attorney
It is advisable to consult an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. who will help determine liability and the right compensation amount that you should get for your injuries. The insurance company of the at-fault driver may not be willing to pay for damages and we can help you with the negotiation process. Call us today at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.