Causes of Car Accidents

woman driving while distractedAny kind of car crash can be daunting to endure, especially when they result in severe and potentially catastrophic injuries. In many situations, the cause of a car accident involves negligence. Whenever this occurs, the responsible party may be liable for the damages you sustain.

It may seem challenging to prove liability, but if you can recognize the potential causes of your crash, you can make this process easier to navigate. Below, we’ll discuss some of the most common causes of car accidents, as well as who is most often responsible when they occur.

Any of these causes can result in T-bone collisions, rear-end accidents, and head-on crashes. All of these can lead to catastrophic injuries.

The following are some causes of crashes:

We’ll explain more about these negligent acts below. Continue reading or click on any of the links above to read that section.

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Product Defects and Potential Crashes

In most crashes, both parties get out of their vehicles and start exchanging information. You may find it easy to place blame on the other driver. The other driver may refute that claim and state you were at fault for the crash. In some situations, though, neither driver is responsible for the crash.

How is this possible?

Some crashes can result from product defects. There are many types of defective products that can lead to a collision, including the following:

  • Brake failure: Brakes are essential to stopping your vehicle when you need it most. Brake failure can often lead to rear-end collisions because bad brakes make it nearly impossible to stop when approaching traffic.
  • Tread separation: Tire manufacturers must ensure their products are safe and free of potential hazards. If tread separates, it can cause you to lose control and suffer injuries in a crash.
  • Engine defects: Some vehicles have shown in the past that defects in various parts of the engine can cause the car to stall at random times. Stalling out in traffic could cause a major accident and significant injuries.

In these accidents, liability may not fall on either driver. Instead, the product manufacturer may be responsible if their part was the cause of a crash.

Different Distractions When Driving

Distractions are present in many different driving situations. Unfortunately, even the slightest distraction can make it difficult for a driver to overcome the time they spent looking away from the road. Because distractions reduce reaction speed, this is one of the most common causes of catastrophic crashes.

Distractions while driving can include:

  • Drivers reaching in the backseat and looking for an item
  • Drivers changing the radio station or turning up and down the volume
  • Drivers turning their heads to speak with a passenger
  • Drivers eating and drinking while driving
  • Drivers checking their cell phones, texting, or calling

In any situation, the distracted driver is at fault for any accident he or she causes. If they crash into you, it’s important to note the situation as clearly as possible. If you see the driver distracted by any means, make sure to include this information in your report.

Distracted driving accidents are most common whenever someone has passengers and with teen drivers. This problem is also one of the most significant causes of the 100 deadliest days, which goes from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Many young drivers are out of school, increasing the potential risks on the road.

How Alcohol Impairs a Driver’s Judgment

We all know the dangers concerning drunk driving and how so many accidents are a result of intoxication. It’s vital to recognize just how much alcohol can impair a driver’s ability and what it can mean when driving on the road.

Alcohol can impact a person’s senses. They have a slower reaction time, declined decision-making abilities, and often make mistakes while driving. You should understand the potential signs of a drunk driver:

  • Swerving in and out of lines, or constantly riding on the road bumpers
  • Following too closely to other vehicles
  • Speeding up and slowing down erratically
  • Driving without headlights on

If you recognize any of these signs, it’s essential to stay away from the vehicle. However, if you are involved in a crash with a seemingly drunk driver, make sure you report the accident and inform the local authorities that the driver may be intoxicated.

Fatigued Driving is Just as Dangerous

Far too often, people think that they’re fine to drive when they are tired. Unfortunately, fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as drunk and distracted driving. With every blink and yawn, it becomes more difficult for fatigued drivers to stay awake.

Some people find themselves closing their eyes for seconds at a time, only to awake because they hit the bumpers, indicating they are crossing lanes. Those few seconds are enough to cause a severe crash. Fatigued driving has some of the same signs as drunk driving, and they all have to do with the driver’s inability to focus on the road.

If you are ever too tired to drive, get some rest before going to your destination. If you find yourself getting more fatigued while driving, pull over and stop driving. If you notice signs of fatigued driving in another driver, make sure you report the driver and stay as far away as possible.

Maintenance is Key to Avoiding a Severe Crash

Not many people recognize just how critical it is to ensure their vehicles are maintained properly. Maintenance can include changing the oil, checking tire pressure, checking and changing tires, checking tire tread, checking and replacing brakes, and a lot more. Even changing your windshield wipers is a vital part of maintenance in the rainy seasons.

When someone fails to maintain their vehicle and allows problems to persist, they run the risk of problems occurring while they are on the road. Vehicle problems can lead to difficulty braking, spinning out of control, and tire blowouts.

In some situations, where product defects exist, it’s still vital to determine if the driver failed to maintain his or her vehicle. If the driver knew of a defect, but they didn’t take action to fix the situation, they can be accountable for any injuries they cause.

No matter the cause of the accident, determining liability requires the help of a legal professional. It’s essential to have someone help you investigate the potential cause and build a strong case on your behalf.

At Fieger Law, we make your needs a top priority. We focus on helping you obtain the outcome you need, including compensation that can help you cover any damages you may suffer as a result of someone else’s negligence.

Our Michigan car accident lawyers are here when you need us most. Let us be the guides you need to navigate the legal process confidently. We’ll focus on the legal matters while you focus on healing and recovering from your injuries. We offer no-cost consultations, so you can speak with us about your options without having financial concerns.

Call us today at (800) 294-6637 to speak with a member of our team about your needs. We’re ready to help you through settlement or trial.

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