Six Of The Most Common Causes Of Car Accidents That You Should Be Aware Of In Your Auto Accident Case
Every accident that happens on the road can generally be placed into one of a few basic categories of accident causes. It's important to understand what caused your accident and what the legal repercussions of this accident cause are for your unique case.
The following are six of the most common accident causes out there:
Speeding is a significant factor in vehicle accidents. Statistics show that somewhere around 30 percent of accidents are caused by speeding.
If speeding can be shown to be an issue that caused an accident, the fault for an accident can sometimes be placed on a particular driver. However, evidence for who was speeding usually depends on driver and witness testimony. It can often be difficult to prove that another driver was speeding at the time of the accident.
Evidence from the accident scene can often help prove that speeding caused an accident, so it's important to collect witness testimony and photographic evidence at the accident scene if you feel that speeding was the cause.
Negligence when it comes to vehicle maintenance
Unfortunately, there are a lot of drivers out there who neglect routine vehicle maintenance. There are also a lot of mechanics who will pass a vehicle for an inspection when the vehicle clearly isn't fit to be driven out on the roads.
After you've been in an accident, it's always important to carefully inspect the vehicles involved to determined if maintenance issues were a causal factor in the accident.
Drug and alcohol influence
After you've been in an accident, it's important to carefully observe the behavior or any drivers who were involved. If you suspect that any drivers were driving under the influence, you may want to bring this factor up with your lawyer.
Drivers succumbing to distractions while driving
Unfortunately, these days there are a lot of distracted drivers out there who are paying more attention to their smartphones than they are to the road and other vehicles. If you notice that another driver was looking at a cell phone when the accident occurred, it's important to discuss this with your attorney.
Road maintenance deficiencies
It's not uncommon for an area's transportation department to be responsible for accidents. If you find that roadway conditions were hazardous and caused your accident, you may be able to sue your state's department of transportation.
Manufacturing defects of vehicle makes and models
Do your research after an accident and look into known defects of the makes and models of vehicles that were involved. If it can be proven that manufacturing defects in vital components like breaks and airbags were the cause of accidents or injuries, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your losses.
Contact a local auto accident attorney for more information and assistance.