What led to your accident? Determining Liability
Many different conditions could ultimately lead to a motor vehicle accident,
most of which could have been avoided had the proper safety precautions
been met and had the rules of the road been followed. Reckless and / or
negligent driving is one of the most common causes for car accidents in
areas throughout the country, and Springfield is no exception. All too
often, some version of unsafe driving practices will be found in association
with the accident at hand. Whether through excessively speeding, driving
far below the speed limit, improperly passing another vehicle or making
an inappropriate lane change, if it can be proven that unsafe driving
behaviors were at play, the responsible party can be held liable under the law.
What is the leading cause of car accidents?
Out of all the various possible
causes of car accidents,
distracted drivers are the biggest culprits. It may not seem overly dangerous, but it leads
to countless injuries and deaths every year. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are three main types of driver distraction: manual, cognitive,
and visual. Manual distraction means that the driver's hands actually
have left the steering wheel. This could be because they are texting,
eating, or putting on makeup. Visual distraction means that the driver's
eyes were not on the road. Again, this could be because they were using
their cell phone or talking to someone else in the car. Cognitive distraction
means that although their eyes are on the road and their hands are on
the wheel, their mind is not focused on what they are doing. This could
range from talking on the phone to emotional distress to driving under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
How often do car accidents occur?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
across the nation at least one person is involved in a motor vehicle accident
every ten seconds. Every half hour another person will lose his / her
life in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver. This is another
example of a reckless driver whose negligent actions can be held liable
in a court of law. The legalities of an accident are so complex that many
different conditions will need to be reviewed, including causes unrelated
to a driver's actions, i.e. poorly designed roads,
product defects (tires, airbags, etc.), bad weather conditions and so much more.