Causes of Car Accidents
The number of drivers on our roads is constantly increasing, and, unfortunately, serious auto accidents are on the rise accordingly. It’s important for all drivers to understand the many causes of these accidents in order to better avoid them, and if you’ve been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
There are many different causes of auto accidents, which are often divided into driver error, man-made road hazards, weather, and mechanical problems. An auto manufacturer or parts supplier may also be legally liable for an accident when the defective design or manufacture of a part directly results in the auto accident and associated injuries. Automotive recalls now make the news much more regularly, as they should, and it’s important that all drivers stay up-to-date with the maintenance of their vehicles and any recalls which may affect them.
Here are some common examples of mechanical problems in vehicles:
- Brake/tire failures – Drivers must ensure that their tires are fully inflated and have proper traction, and worn-out brake pads or defective brake-line systems can also be dangerous, as they significantly reduce the driver’s ability to stop.
- Lighting system failures – Visibility is essential when driving in inclement weather, and drivers must ensure that all of their lights are working properly. Unfortunately, many drivers may not realize they have a lighting-defect until they are caught in poor weather conditions, so it’s important to check them regularly even when it isn’t absolutely necessary.
- Steering/suspension failures – Loss of steering control means lost control of the vehicle, which can be dangerous and even deadly if a driver careens into a fixed object or one or more vehicles.
Most “driver error” causes of accidents involve poor judgment or decision-making.
Here are the most common driver errors:
- Disregard for other vehicles – Many accidents result from a driver’s failure to check his/her blind spot or identify vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians who have the right-of-way in a given situation; these are particularly common at night and in poor weather conditions.
- Distracted driving – Distractions to drivers have always existed, but not to the extent that smartphones and similar devices have taken it today. Distraction by electronic devices while driving now results in serious and even fatal auto accidents on a daily basis and is a contributing factor in more auto accidents than ever before, and we strongly encourage all drivers to put their phones and other devices away when behind the wheel.
- Intoxicated driving – Intoxicated driving remains a problem, and drunk driving now results in as much as one-third of all auto-related deaths. These are very serious and preventable accidents and intoxicated drivers must be held accountable for the damages that result from their negligence.
- Speeding – Excessive speeding correlates strongly to the severity of injuries sustained in auto accidents, and it remains a common factor in auto accidents overall. It’s important for drivers to understand that speeding is ultimately ineffective for getting them to their destinations quicker, as violating speed-limits may only result in one or two minutes saved at most and is not worth the increased risk of an accident.
We cannot stress the importance of driving with caution during inclement weather, which often requires greater stopping-distances and full awareness of each and every vehicle around you.
Here are the most common weather hazards for drivers:
- Rain/flooding – Rain significantly reduces visibility and poses the risk of hydroplaning, which can result in lost control of the vehicle, and excessive rain and flooding also increase the risk of an accident.
- Snow/ice – Snow and ice necessitate longer stopping-distances between vehicles on the road, and full control of speed and steering are essential and must be maintained by driving slower if necessary and exercising caution when stopping and turning.
- Morning/evening glare – Drivers must be mindful of the glare of the sun at certain times of day, as it can hinder the driver’s ability to see even directly in front of them; this is especially dangerous when the glare coincides with the morning or evening rush-hour.
- Heavy fog – Fog can significantly reduce visibility and, when combined with excessive speeding, can result in serious and even fatal accidents for which the other driver may be legally liable for failing to failing to take proper precautions when driving in inclement weather.
Man-made road hazards are another common cause of auto accidents, and these include:
- Inaccurate/incorrect road signage – Construction zones and one-way streets require proper signage so that drivers are moving in the right directions, and failure to do so can send drivers directly toward construction zones, workers, pedestrians, or oncoming vehicles.
- Defective traffic lights – A disabled or malfunctioning traffic light can significantly increase the risk of a serious accident, especially in dense and highly-populated areas and intersections.
- Large construction equipment – Construction equipment must always be out of the way of drivers on the road, and obstruction by a large piece of construction equipment, especially unexpectedly, can result in a serious accident with an oncoming vehicle.
- Poorly-maintained roads – Potholes, uneven pavement, and other hazards resulting from negligence can increase the risk of an accident, especially when a poorly-maintained road directly results in a vehicle-defect, such as a blown tire.
We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another’s negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.