The consequences of being in a car accident include suffering from personal injuries, receiving damage to your property, losing wages from being off work while you recover from your injuries, and emotional trauma. Most people want to avoid these things, but avoiding an accident entirely is not always possible. However, there are things drivers can do to reduce the chance of being in an accident, but this requires knowing what causes accidents to happen. There is no single thing that can be pointed to as THE cause of a car accident. Many factors contribute to why accidents happen, and looking at the most common causes can help you to avoid an accident or provide guidance on what to do if you have been in a wreck.
A top ten list of causes of car wrecks shows that the following things are among the leading causes of accidents, and especially in fatal accidents:
- Texting and driving, or using a cell phone to check emails or update social media sites.
- Distracted driving, which is driving that might include texting while driving, but also includes other distractions such as using GPS or chatting with a friend in the passenger seat rather than keeping your eyes on the road.
- Driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of a controlled substance.
- Lack of driving experience.
- Driving by those with reduced mental capacities.
- Driving by senior citizens.
- Speeding, or reckless driving.
- Driving while too tired or on medication that alters response time.
- Driving in hazardous weather.
- Disregarding traffic signals, warnings, or construction zones.
Given the frequency with which car wrecks take place on a daily basis, it is a good idea to remember these common causes and take steps to drive safely. Unfortunately, not everyone that takes the wheel subscribes to this philosophy. So, accidents are going to happen. If you have been in an accident, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and to be made whole again. This includes receiving medical care that completely heals you, having your property repaired or replaced, and being compensated for time off work and also for your pain and suffering.
If you have been in an accident, call our office to learn what to do next. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.