St. Louis automobile accidents are often the result of these three actions.
Car accidents are a common occurrence. Every year, over six million automobile accidents take place across the United States, resulting in over three million people getting injured. 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. There are three major causes of these accidents, and if drivers are made aware of them, many injuries may be prevented.
The most common cause of car accidents is driver distraction. Driver distraction can be defined as an activity which diverts the drivers’ attention away from the primary task of driving a vehicle. A driver who takes his or her eyes off the road risks personal safety as well as the safety of fellow passengers and other drivers and pedestrians on the road. A driver can be distracted by various activities such as eating or drinking, tending to children and pets, adjusting the music player or navigation system, chatting with fellow passengers, and the most common these days, calling or texting on a cell phone.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is another major cause of automobile accidents. Data collected over the past 10 years indicate that over 250,000 people died in accidents which were alcohol-related. Alcohol in the blood hampers a driver’s reflexes and motor skills. A driver is not able to respond to a critical situation in a correct and timely manner which causes automobile collisions.
A major cause of automobile accidents is not abiding by the speed limit. Failure to follow the speed limit can have catastrophic consequences as the speed limits are designed to allow for certain contingencies on the road. These contingencies include weather conditions, sudden and sharp turns, reduced visibility, and blind turns on certain roads. If a driver is driving at a speed higher than the speed limit, then the time required for reacting to a situation or contingency on the road reduces considerably and can lead to a serious accident.
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.