Car accidents can cause extensive damages for victims who may suffer enduring physical, financial and emotional damages as a result. It is important for car accident victims injured by a negligent driver to be familiar with the legal protections available to them through a personal injury claim for damages.
There are several common causes of car accidents including:
- Driver distractions: A range of driver distractions can result in car accidents. Dangerous driver distraction can include cognitive distractions, manual distractions and visual distractions. These can combine in an especially dangerous distracted driving activity which is texting while driving. Other examples can include reading while driving, operating a radio or navigation device while driving or grooming or eating while driving.
- Fatigue and drowsiness: Many Americans drive while overtired. Driving while drowsy can be as dangerous driving while drunk.
- Alcohol or drug impairment: Driver impairment, including drunk driving, leads to tens of thousands of car accidents per year. Drunk driving accidents can result in serious injuries and fatalities for victims.
- Speeding: Another primary contributing factor to car accidents include speeding. Studies show the two-thirds of drivers drive over the speed limit.
Most of the common causes of car accidents include illegal or prohibited behavior. Victims on the other side of dangerous and negligent driving may suffer medical costs, lost wages and emotional suffering damages. Negligent drivers who cause a car accident may be liable for the damages their victims suffer which a personal injury legal claim may be able to help car accident victims obtain compensation for.