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Causes of Car Accidents

Lafayette Car Accident Attorney

There are numerous factors that can make being on the road a dangerous place. Countless accidents take place every year and leave victims with serious injuries, many of which can be fatal. Through reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was found that around 80 percent of all vehicle accidents are the result of a driver being inattentive or distracted within three seconds prior to the accident taking place. These collisions may be the fault of weather, a mechanical error or the mistake of a driver, but if there is someone at fault for the injuries that you have suffered it is important to speak with a Lafayette personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Due to the statute of limitations, there is only so long that you have to file your case. If you do not take action within the time frame that you are given then you can give up your right to compensation. Speak with the firm today when you have been injured due to an accident caused by the reasons below or additional factors.

Reasons that Car Accidents Occur

Texting and talking on the phone are major contributors to car accidents. They can be responsible for serious injuries even if a driver only took their eyes off the road for a few seconds. In the time that it takes to send a text message, a car could have traveled the length of a football field. Even talking on the phone while driving can be dangerous when a driver is not as focused as they should be. Driver distraction is a large factor and this can also include talking to other passengers in the car. A driver may turn to speak with them or may have their attention not fully on the road as they listen to a story. This can cause a driver to miss something that they may have otherwise noticed such as running through a red light or not stopping their car in time. Drivers can also become distracted when they daydream and are more focused on their thoughts than on driving.

Some drivers use their time behind the wheel as a chance to multitask and they may try eating, drinking, reading something or applying makeup. Taking their focus away may not seem like a big deal at the time but it can actually be a life changing decision. In addition to a driver being inattentive, there are other choices that they can make which may influence other vehicles around. Drinking and driving is a major contributor to collisions and a person's blood alcohol content level doesn't need to be over .08 percent for their driving to be compromised. When a driver is being reckless while on the roads they are also taking a great chance, whether they are speeding, making unsafe lane changes or driving to close to other cars around them.

Weather can also influence the rate of car accidents, with foggy conditions making it hard to see or the rain making the roads more slick than usual. The roads may also be to blame and potholes can send cars swerving. Other times, it is the car itself that the problem occurs with. This can be that there was a mechanic error or the owner of the vehicle failed to provide regular maintenance. Depending on who is at fault, the case can be handled in different ways. Car accidents can result in catastrophic damage and for many people they deserve to be compensated. Find out if have a case by speaking with the Lafayette personal injury lawyer from Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C.

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