With tens of thousands of car accidents taking place in Missouri every year, they are one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the state. The sad truth is that in most of these cases, the accident could have been prevented. If a collision was caused because an individual was driving recklessly or failing to consider others on the road, they could and should be held accountable for what they have done. This is important so that the victim is able to get compensation to help cover medical bills as well as so that the same thing does not happen again.
If you were injured in a car accident, to have a good case for getting compensation, you need to be able to show who was at fault. Unfortunately, the driver who caused the accident may not be willing to accept responsibility for their actions and you may need to prove how and why the accident was caused. Understanding what the most common causes of car accidents could help you determine what exactly happened in your case.
It may come as a surprise to learn that the most common cause of car accidents is distracted driving. Examples of distracted driving include talking on the phone, eating, putting on makeup, and emotional stress. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, there are three main types of driver distraction: manual, cognitive, and visual. Manual distraction means that their hands were not on the wheel. Cognitive distraction means that they were not paying attention to what they were doing. Visual distraction means that their eyes were not on road.
The second most common cause of car accidents is speeding. Even going 10 miles over the speed limit could result in a deadly collision. It is more difficult for speeding drivers to react to obstacles in the road and slow down. Also, the faster the cars in a collision were traveling, the more amount of damage that will occur. The third most common cause of car accidents is drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can severely impair a person's concentration, their ability to make decisions, and their ability to react quickly.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver that was drunk, going over the speed limit, or distracted, you should contact our team at Henry & Williams, P.C. as soon as possible. We have been able secure our clients millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Please, do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free case evaluation today. Choose a law firm with over 55 years of experience!