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Causes of Automotive Accidents
How Automotive Accidents Happen
Car accidents happen every day and for every conceivable reason; but there are certain driving behaviors are common to most car accidents, forming the underlying reasons that accidents occur. It may be that you or someone close to you was injured in a car accident, or perhaps a member of your family died because of someone else’s incautious or negligent driving. Any person who has suffered injuries or the survivors of a person killed in a car wreck that was caused by someone else is entitled to make a claim for compensation against the person who caused it to recover money for their economic and non-economic losses. For success in a serious injury or wrongful death case, you’ll want to find an experienced personal injury attorney, like those at the law firm of Wettermark Keith. We know the questions to ask, and we have the resources and experts working with us to determine what was going on in the moments before the accident. Below are some of the most common behaviors that cause car accidents:
We are always on the go, and many Americans spend hours every day driving. It is not surprising that drivers often use the driving time for other activities: grooming, eating, listening to music, disciplining the kids, talking on the phone, or perhaps worst of all, sending or reading text messages. These activities take the driver’s attention away from the road and dramatically increase the likelihood of a crash. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States today.
A driver using a phone or other hand-held electronic device quadruples the chance of a wreck. Texting makes it 23 times more likely that a crash will occur.
These are some of the possible consequences when a driver fails to focus on the road:
- Drifting out of the correct lane into the path of an oncoming car
- Sideswiping a car traveling in the next lane in the same direction
- Failing to observe a red light or stop sign
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to notice a motorcycle when turning or changing lanes
- Failing to see a pedestrian or bicycle rider
- Turning the wrong way onto a one-way street or highway access ramp
- Hitting another car in the rear when traffic slows and the distracted driver fails to slow down
Reckless or Aggressive Driving at High Speeds
Speeding is a factor in one out of every three traffic accidents in the United States. The greater the speed at which a car is moving, the harder it is to control, and the longer it takes to stop. Aggressive driving and speeding go hand in hand. Weaving, cutting drivers off, and ignoring traffic rules at a high speed is a recipe for disaster and the cause of many injuries and fatalities.
Drunk driving accidents are all too common. Even though a conviction on drunk driving carries increasingly heavy penalties, the law does not deter people. Drunk driving cases are both criminal and civil cases. Accident victims are often dealing with serious, permanent injuries and in many cases, the accidents are fatal. Cases like these require an experienced law firm that has the resources and knowledge to protect the rights of their clients in both civil and criminal cases in a timely, efficient and aggressive fashion. The attorneys at the Law Office of Wettermark & Keith, are known for their ethical, determined and skillful representation of clients injured in serious accidents caused by negligence or drunk driving.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person in a drunk driving accident, contact our top auto accident lawyers today. Together we can seek a financial compensation figure that meets your needs as a victim and can continue to provide for you, long after this ordeal is over. If you wish to speak to us directly, call the location nearest you.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that in roughly one out of every five U.S. car accident, mechanical failure is to blame. In many cases, a manufacturing defect is a cause. In 2012, U.S. car manufacturers recalled almost as many cars as they sold. When a defective part is discovered and the car is recalled, it is usually after a number of accidents have resulted in injuries and fatalities. You don’t have to prove negligence if a defect in manufacturing was the cause of your accident. Manufacturers are held strictly liable for damages resulting from defective products.
Experienced Advocacy Makes All the Difference
When you need a highly qualified and experienced personal injury attorney following a car accident, you’ll find the help you need at the law firm of Wettermark Keith. We have years of experience helping accident victims obtain fair compensation for car accident injuries, and a 95 percent rate of success.
We offer a complimentary legal consultation in which we’ll provide honest answers to your accident-related questions and advise you on the steps we’ll take on your behalf. We take cases on contingency, so there is no risk to you. We do all the work and cover all the expenses of putting together your case; you only pay us when your case is resolved, and only if we’ve obtained money for you. Call us today!