What Causes Car Accidents?
Auto Accident Attorney in California
There are many different scenarios that may lead to a car accident. A single collision may have a number of causes, and identifying these can be a difficult task. Determining cause, however, is an important part of seeking financial compensation for medical care and other expenses or losses associated with the serious injuries that may be caused in an accident. At Pacific Attorney Group, our goal as Los Angeles auto accident attorneys is to determine what caused our clients’ collisions so we can seek maximum compensation from any and all possible sources.
Rebuilding and moving on in the wake of a serious car, truck or motorcycle accident can seem impossible. With our legal team to seek financial compensation to cover medical bills, ongoing treatment, lost earnings, property damage and all other losses or injuries, you have the best chance of getting your life back to where it was before the accident occurred. In our experience as personal injury lawyers, we have found that is really all most car accident victims want: for things to return to normal.
A key part of the legal counsel we provide in car accident insurance claims and lawsuits is determining what caused the collision. We work with investigators and accident reconstruction professionals, often using computerized systems that help us recreate the circumstances surrounding the incident. Every case is different, so it is important to understand the leading causes of traffic collisions in California and across the U.S.:
Did you know that nearly one in three traffic accident fatalities in the U.S. involves a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater? This is above the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in the U.S. In California, 1,768 people were killed and another 24,343 were injured in drunk driving accidents in 2010 alone. Our attorneys believe in holding drunk drivers accountable for their recklessness and wrongdoing.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was considered a “contributing factor” in 30% of all fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2011. The annual economic cost of these collisions is estimated to total $40.4 billion. Speeding increases the severity of an accident and leaves a driver with less control in an emergency situation. If you were injured by a driver who was speeding, a lawyer at our firm may be able to help you seek justice.
Distracted driving is an issue that has gained a considerable amount of attention in recent years, particularly with the dramatic increase in cell phone and smart phone usage by drivers of all ages. Driving safely requires manual, visual and cognitive attention, and a distraction may be anything that takes one or more of these types of attention off the road and the task at hand: eating, drinking, talking on the phone, texting, smoking, talking to a passenger, etc.
Texting While Driving
Reading and writing text messages or emails while driving is one of the most dangerous types of distracted driving. In California, it is illegal to text while driving because of the extreme hazard it poses. Texting and taking one’s eyes off the road for even a few seconds, at 55 miles per hour, would be like driving the entire length of a football field blind. On the road, this can be deadly.
Defective Auto Parts
Most car accidents can be attributed to some form of driver negligence, but there are some cases where a defective auto part can cause a collision. Faulty brakes, for example, may cause a driver to run a red light even if he or she was paying attention and obeying traffic laws. An airbag that deploys unnecessarily can cause a collision as it strikes the driver. When defective auto parts cause collisions, our attorneys are prepared to hold manufacturers accountable.
Weather and Road Conditions
Heavy weather and dangerous roads can also cause serious traffic accidents, even when vehicles are working properly and drivers are acting responsibly. Heavy fog, snow, rain and ice can create conditions that make it difficult to drive, and improperly designed or maintained roadways can cause even the safest driver to lose control. Our team knows how to hold municipalities accountable for defective or dangerous roadways.
Best Car Accident Lawyer Los Angeles
If you were injured in a car accident anywhere in the greater Los Angeles area, you can gain helpful insight by talking to a lawyer at our firm. Your initial consultation is free and confidential, and with our more than 35 years of experience in this field, you can rest assured that we can provide the guidance you need. Contact the Best Car Accident Lawyer Los Angeles today to talk about your case and how we can help.
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