Millions of accidents occur each year. Those who suffer severe injuries have the legal right to file a claim to pursue compensation for their injuries. However, one part of filing a claim means proving that the other driver did something to cause the crash. In other words, as a claimant, you have to prove that the other driver was at-fault.
Our firm cares about our community so we want to help you understand the more common causes of auto accidents and how it can result in severe injuries. Below, we’ll provide a detailed look at these causes and what you can look out for when you’re driving on the road.
These are ten of the most common car accident causes:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Running traffic signals
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive driving
- Weather conditions
- Vehicle defects
- Road hazards
If you suffer a severe injury due to the negligence of another driver, call our firm today at (404) 529-9371 to discuss your rights.
1. DISTRACTED DRIVING
Distracted driving comes in three different forms: visual, manual, and cognitive. When a driver looks away from the road — such as at their phone or a passenger — they’re visually distracted. When removing at least one hand from the steering wheel it is a manual distraction. If a driver loses focus, they are cognitively distracted.
The most common form of distracted driving is cell phone use. Texting and driving combine all three forms of distracted driving to make it one of the most dangerous actions on the road.
We know countless drivers don’t abide by the posted speed limits. People are in a hurry for one reason or another and they sometimes exceed 80, 90, and 100 miles per hour. Unfortunately, speeding means a far reduced reaction time. If you’re driving too fast, it becomes much more difficult to stop when approaching traffic. It’s also easy to lose control of your vehicle if you’re speeding.
3. DRUNK DRIVING
Drunk driving accidents lead to roughly 30 deaths each day. The numbers have lessened over the years, but there’s still a significant number of drivers who get behind the wheel of a car after drinking mass amounts of alcohol. Drinking and driving reduces depth perception, cognitive abilities, and decision-making.
If you see a driver swerving or braking for no reason, it could indicate intoxication, and it’s best to stay clear of that vehicle.
4. RUNNING TRAFFIC SIGNALS
Stop signs and traffic lights exist for a reason – they are meant to keep people safe. Unfortunately, when drivers don’t abide by the laws of the road, they can cause some of the most catastrophic harm. A driver may run a red light or stop sign and the other vehicles who follow the laws are at risk because of it.
While all of the above are considered reckless actions, there are other things that people can do that can cause accidents. For instance, recklessness can include swerving through traffic at high rates of speed. Recklessness can also include other actions, such as cutting other drivers off or tailgating.
6. DROWSY DRIVING
Did you know that missing just a few hours of sleep is equivalent to driving while intoxicated? While drowsy driving was long thought to be involved in only 1-3% of accidents, a more recent study revealed the numbers to be closer to 8-9%, showing just how dangerous it can be to drive while tired.
7. AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
Aggressive driving can include tailgating and purposely cutting off another driver. However, the driver can display aggressiveness by honking their horns excessively, trying to get another driver’s attention by yelling, or swerving closer to another vehicle.
8. WEATHER CONDITIONS
Severe weather conditions—both cold and hot—can create dangers on the road. Whether you lose visibility in fog and snow or your tires expand due to heat, a severe accident can occur. However, bad weather doesn’t always excuse negligence so it’s essential for drivers to maintain their vehicles to avoid some of the common issues that can arise because of extreme weather.
9. VEHICLE DEFECTS
Vehicle defects can include a wide range of issues, including the following:
- Defective brakes
- Defective airbags
- Defective seat belts
- Defective tires
- Defective steering system
If a vehicle is defective, liability can fall on the manufacturer of the product. For instance, if a vehicle is approaching you in traffic and they don’t stop because their brakes are defective, you may have legal action against the manufacturer for their failed product. However, it could also be an issue involving lack of maintenance so you want to have legal counsel on your side to recognize your options.
10. ROAD HAZARDS
Unfortunately, we know that city roads should receive maintenance, but it doesn’t always happen as quickly as it should. As such, issues involving potholes, missing or covered traffic signs, and other road hazards can exist and cause severe crashes. In these cases, liability can be tricky, and you will need a lawyer to help navigate you through this process.
At The Kalka Law Group – Personal Injury & Car Accident Attorneys, you’ll find a committed team ready to pursue your justice and compensation during the most difficult times. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys go above and beyond to get the maximum results our clients need to move forward following a severe injury. We’ll be your trusted partners throughout the entire process, putting your needs first and protecting your best interests.
Need to discuss your case in a free consultation? Call our firm today at (404) 529-9371.