Common Causes of Car Accidents
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 19, 2013 in Auto Accidents
Car accidents can have devastating effects for all parties involved. While some car accidents are simply unavoidable, most collisions are the result of negligent drivers that are not paying attention to driving while they are behind the wheel.
Have you become the victim in an auto accident that was caused by the actions of another motorist?
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Causes of Palm Beach Car Accidents
Some common causes of Palm Beach car accidents include:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 100,000 motor vehicle crashes are caused by drowsy drivers every year. The majority of drowsy driving accidents take place between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Some common signs that a motorist may be fatigued include yawning frequently, changing speeds for no reason, heavy eyelids, drifting in and out of lanes and feeling fidgety. If you experience any of these symptoms while on the road, you are advised to pull over to a safe location as soon as possible.
Each year, distracted driving causes thousands of accidents across the country. A distracted driver is any motorist that takes their attention off the road. This includes drivers who are using their cell phones while driving, eating food, grooming or changing the stations on the car stereo.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Alcoholic beverages and drugs impair your ability to focus on the road and to react quickly to dangerous situations. These types of accidents can be avoided by using a designated driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of all traffic crashes are caused by speeding. The faster a motorist is traveling, the slower their reaction time will be to stop to avoid an accident. Speeding also increases the risk of sustaining a severe injury in the crash.
Aggressive or Reckless Driving
An aggressive driver is defined as any driver that operates a motor vehicle with a blatant disregard for the rights and safety of other motorists on the road.
Some behaviors that might be considered reckless include:
- Changing lanes excessively
- Falling to yield the right of way to other driver
- Disregarding traffic signs
...just to name a few.
Inclement weather such as rain, snow, hail, ice and fog can make it more difficult to drive. When you are driving in bad weather conditions, it’s important to allow more space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. In addition, you will need to give yourself more time to arrive at your destination safely.
A defective or malfunctioning car part can cause a serious motor vehicle accident. It’s imperative to have regular maintenance performed on your car to ensure that your car is running properly.
Depending on the situation, these accidents can also lead to some serious injuries to everyone involved in the accident, especially if high speeds are involved. In any case, many of these accidents can be avoided by driving at slower speeds, abiding by the law, and being defensive drivers.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
As with most accidents, injuries are typically more severe depending on the cause of the accident and the speeds involved. Additionally, there may be several different types of injuries stemming from these accidents.
Some common car accident injuries include:
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is advised to call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. This will assure that there are no further injuries and the medical documents may be used by our attorneys to formulate a case to use in the court of law.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer Today
If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact a Florida car accident lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
Gordon & Partners has the knowledge and resources to handle all types of car accident claims.
A few locations we serve include:
- West Palm Beach
- Palm Beach
- Delray Beach
- North Palm Beach
- Boynton Beach
- Boca Raton
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