Posted on February 13, 2014 in Car Accidents
Not all vehicle accidents will end up in litigation. If nobody gets injured, or injuries are minor, it might be possible to resolve any claim for medical expenses and damaged property directly with the other driver’s insurance company. However, when there is greater damage or a more severe injury, it will probably require a lawsuit to obtain a suitable outcome for victims.
Common Causes of Vehicle Accidents
There are a number of common problems that lead to major car accidents. Here are a few examples:
1) Distracted Driving
When a driver allows their attention to be pulled away from the road, they increase the risk of causing an accident. There are more factors to distract drivers than ever, and some of the biggest problems are cellphones and texting, radios, putting on makeup, eating, talking to other passengers or parents trying to deal with rowdy children.
2) Driver Error
Sometimes, drivers just fail to follow traffic laws and signs. Examples include failing to stop at a stop sign or red light, failing to yield right of way, following another vehicle too closely, exceeding the speed limit and dangerous passing. These can happen because drivers aren’t paying attention, or they can be deliberate, reckless choices.
3) Alcohol and Drugs
When someone gets behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their ability to drive is going to be impaired. Unfortunately, this is a common problem and major cause of catastrophic injury and traffic fatalities every year.
4) Vehicle Problems
If a driver doesn’t keep their vehicle in good condition, problems can occur suddenly on the road. For example, driving on tires that have very little tread can lead to a sudden blowout at high speeds. A vehicle owner has a responsibility to keep up with maintenance.
These are just a few common examples of when mistakes or carelessness can lead to an accident. In such cases, victims will probably need to seek legal recourse in order to collect fair compensation for their suffering and loss.