The Leading Causes of Car Accidents and Proper Prevention
Determining why a car accident occurred is important for numerous reasons such as liability and prevention. The following describes some of the most common factors that lead to devastating accidents.
Distracted driving: Drivers texting and talking on their cell phones is one of the most dangerous things they can do behind the wheel. Additionally, drivers are often distracted by talking to their passengers or doing something as simple as changing the radio station. Although driving can seem like just another part of your daily routine, it is important for people to respect the road. Drivers must give their complete attention to the road at all times. It is crucial for drivers to realize that taking their eyes off the road for even a split second can be the difference between life and death.
Driving too fast: Speeding or driving too fast for the given road or weather conditions is extremely hazardous. If drivers make one wrong move they can lose control in an instant. Speeding drivers have must less reaction time for any unexpected circumstances or surprises. Additionally, getting into an accident while speeding magnifies the impact of the crash, often making injuries much more severe. It is critical for drivers to be aware of their speeds. Drivers should always drive within their limits, as well as their vehicle’s limits, in order to prevent harming themselves, passengers or other drivers.
Sleep-deprived or fatigued drivers: Although tractor trailer drivers usually come to mind when thinking about sleep-deprived drivers, many other drivers end up doing the same. Studies show that a majority of car crashes that result due to sleepy drivers occur between the hours of 11pm and 8am. Drivers that frequently change shifts at work, work at night or drive long distances to and from work can easily become tired on their way home from work. It is necessary for drivers to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you are driving and start feeling sleepy, you should pullover and take a short nap.
Aggressive or careless driving: This category includes a number of different hazardous driving behaviors such as tailgating, failing to merge, unsafe lane changes, changing lanes too often, failing to yield the right of way, unnecessarily flashing headlights at other vehicles, slamming on the brakes hastily, completely disregarding traffic signals, and failing to obey road signs. Drivers often let their anger get the best of them and drive in ways that they normally would not. It is crucial to always remain calm and collective while driving. While behind the wheel, do not do anything that you would not do if a police officer was driving directly behind you.
Driving while drunk or on drugs: This is one of the most obvious categories. Alcohol or drugs and driving never mix, under any circumstances. Both can drastically lower a driver’s coordination, reaction time and overall perception.
Inclement weather conditions: During the winter, after a heavy snowfall, driving conditions can be greatly affected. Additionally, rain and ice often make it much easier to lose control of your vehicle. It is important to drive extra cautiously when weather conditions are not the best. Poor weather conditions also make it more difficult for vehicles to operate properly, it is crucial to drive a vehicle that can handle the weather conditions.
Contact an Experienced Bucks County Car Accident Attorney
Suffering severe injuries in a car accident can be an extremely traumatic ordeal, which could result in expensive medical treatment, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering. You may have a right to be financially compensated for all your injuries. It is important for victims to take legal action against the responsible party.
The attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand are committed to serving our clients every step of the way. Our team is extremely experienced, respected and responsive, giving you all the necessary resources when you need them the most.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, call the compassionate Bucks County personal injury attorneys at 215-968-6602 or contact us online. Please note that statute of limitations applies, so we urge you to call us today to schedule a consultation.