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Why car accidents happen

Car accidents happen every day and for every conceivable reason; but there are certain driving behaviors are common to most car accidents, forming the underlying reasons that accidents occur. It may be that you or someone close to you was injured in an Alabama car accident, or perhaps a member of your family died because of someone else’s incautious or negligent driving. Any person who has suffered injuries or the survivors of a person killed in a car wreck that was caused by someone else is entitled to make a claim for compensation against the person who caused it to recover money for their economic and non-economic losses. For success in a serious injury or wrongful death case, you’ll want to find an experienced personal injury attorney, like those at the Huntsville, Alabama, law firm of Wettermark & Keith, LLC. We know the questions to ask, and we have the resources and experts working with us to determine what was going on in the moments before the accident. Below are some of the most common behaviors that cause car accidents:

Driver Distraction
We are always on the go, and many Americans spend hours every day driving. It is not surprising that drivers often use driving time for other activities: grooming, eating, listening to music, disciplining the kids, talking on the phone, or perhaps worst of all, sending or reading text messages. These activities take the driver’s attention away from the road and dramatically increase the likelihood of a crash. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States today.

A driver using a phone or other hand-held electronic device quadruples the chance of a wreck. Texting makes it 23 times more likely that a crash will occur.

These are some of the possible consequences when a driver fails to focus on the road:

  • Drifting out of the correct lane into the path of an oncoming car
  • Sideswiping a car traveling in the next lane in the same direction
  • Failing to observe a red light or stop sign
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to notice a motorcycle when turning or changing lanes
  • Failing to see a pedestrian or bicycle rider
  • Turning the wrong way onto a one way street or highway access ramp
  • Hitting another car in the rear when traffic slows and the distracted driver fails to slow down

Reckless or Aggressive Driving at High Speeds
Speeding is a factor in one of every three traffic accidents in the United States. The greater the speed at which a car is moving, the harder it is to control, and the longer it takes to stop. Aggressive driving and speeding go hand in hand. Weaving, cutting drivers off, and ignoring traffic rules at a high speed is recipe for disaster and the cause of many injuries and fatalities.

Drunk Driving
Across the nation, drunk driving crashes kill one person every 51 minutes, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); in 2012, 10,322 people were killed and approximately 345,000 injured in accidents involving alcohol, according to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The yearly cost of alcohol-related crashes is more than $132 billion in the United States. Alabama saw 261 alcohol related fatalities in 2012.

Equipment Failure
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that in roughly one out of every five U.S. car accidents, mechanical failure is to blame. In many cases, a manufacturing defect is the cause. In 2012, U.S. car manufacturers recalled almost as many cars as they sold. When a defective part is discovered and the car is recalled, it is usually after a number of accidents have resulted injuries and fatalities. You don’t have to prove negligence if a defect in manufacturing was the cause of your accident. Manufacturers are held strictly liable for damages resulting from defective products.

Experienced Advocacy Makes All the Difference
When you need a highly qualified and experienced personal injury attorney following a car accident, you’ll find the help you need at the Huntsville, Alabama, law firm of Wettermark & Keith, LLC. We have years of experience helping accident victims obtain fair compensation for car accident injuries, and a 95 percent rate of success.

We offer a complimentary legal consultation in which we’ll provide honest answers to your accident-related questions and advise you on the steps we’ll take on your behalf. We take cases on contingency, so there is no risk to you. We do all the work and cover all the expenses of putting together your case; you only pay us when your case is resolved, and only if we’ve obtained money for you. Call us today!

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