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Common Causes Of Car Wrecks

Deployed airbags after a car wreck.Most personal injury cases involve injuries sustained in car accidents. Although the majority of car wrecks and injuries are preventable, many occur because motorists drive negligently or fail to follow the rules of the road. Our auto accident lawyers at Moore Law Firm understand how devastating the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of being injured in a car wreck can be. We work to help injured victims recover maximum compensation for their damages. We hope that educating yourself about common causes of motor vehicle accidents can help you identify potentially dangerous situations and stay safer on the road.

Distracted Driving

Although technology has enabled people to have the world at their fingertips, using a smartphone or other device while driving is one of the major causes of distracted driving accidents. According to the NHTSA, 3,166 people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2017. In fact, anything that averts your attention from operating a vehicle can be considered distracted driving, including daydreaming, talking to people in your vehicle, eating and drinking, fiddling with your GPS, stereo, or other controls, and dealing with pets or children in the back seat, to name a few.

Texting while driving is the most common and dangerous form of distracted driving. If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver you suspect was texting and driving, our car accident lawyers will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. We collect valuable evidence such as phone records, eyewitness statements, police reports, and other documentation to back up your claim.

Speeding

Exceeding the speed limit, when the roads are wet or icy, can lead to catastrophic accidents. The faster you drive, the slower your reaction time will be, which means you’ll have less time to react and prevent an accident. The increased force of a car crash when vehicles are traveling at high speeds also leads to more severe injuries and fatalities. Our car accident lawyers have helped many families who have suffered the repercussions of being injured or losing a loved one in a car accident caused by drivers who were speeding. The cost of rushing to get where you’re going just isn’t worth it.

Drunk Driving

Although the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are stiff, it continues to be a major problem on Alabama roadways and throughout the United States. Crashes involving impaired drivers aren’t just limited to cars and trucks, either. According to the CDC, 25% of motorcyclists who were killed in fatal crashes in 2016 had a BAC of 0.08% or higher. If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver, our Mobile auto accident lawyers can help you pursue all possible avenues of compensation, including those involving third-party liability dram shop claims.

Drowsy Driving

Driver fatigue is also the cause of many car wrecks. Drowsy driving slows your reaction time, affects your ability to make good decisions, and interferes with your ability to pay attention to the road. Falling asleep at the wheel for just a few seconds can have fatal consequences. Driver fatigue is often a factor in crashes involving tractor-trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles.

Tailgating

Following too closely behind other vehicles makes it virtually impossible to stop in time if the driver in front of you stops suddenly. Rear-end collisions often cause injuries such as whiplash, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, and even death. Following the speed limit and taking extra caution when roads are wet can help you avoid tailgating accidents. A good rule of thumb to follow to allow 10 feet of distance for every 10 mph you’re driving. If you find yourself being tailgated by an aggressive driver, change lanes and move away from them as soon as you can. If you’re injured in rear-end collision, it’s vital to seek medical attention and contact an experienced car accident lawyer right away to ensure you get the care and compensation you need.

Other Types Of Reckless & Aggressive Driving

Unsafe lane changes, swerving in and out of traffic, running red lights, excessive speeding, passing another vehicle when visibility of oncoming traffic is limited, and other irresponsible driving habits can cause catastrophic accidents and fatalities. In Alabama, driving with a willful or wanton disregard for safety is a crime and is considered a serious traffic offense. Even if a reckless driver who caused an accident isn’t criminally charged, if you were injured or have lost a loved one, you can still bring a civil action for damages against them.

Defective Auto Parts

Faulty brakes, tire defects, steering system malfunction, and transmission failure are just a few examples of how poor design or manufacturing defects can cause serious accidents and injuries. Several parties may be liable for your damages if defective parts caused a crash, including the parts manufacturer, vehicle manufacturer, and others. These types of cases are complex, so it’s vital to seek the counsel of an experienced car accident attorney who can help you recover maximum compensation for damages such as medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering and other damages.

How Our Auto Accident Attorneys Can Help

Injuries sustained in car wrecks can often be life-altering. They may require costly medical treatment such as hospital stays, multiple surgeries, physical and occupational therapy, rehabilitation, expensive medications, and ongoing care. Our legal team has decades of experience in handling all types of auto accident cases. Insurance companies often try to undervalue or deny claims to pay as little as they can. We understand how to accurately value your claim so your health and family’s financial future are protected. Our dedicated team fully explores the facts surrounding your claim, speaks with your health care providers, and may engage the services of accident reconstructionists and other experts. Our attorneys act as your aggressive advocates and won’t quit until we recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

The Cost Of Legal Representation

Our car accident lawyers have a proven track record of success when it comes to recovering maximum compensation for injured victims. Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Contact Our Mobile Auto Accident Lawyers To Schedule A Free Consultation

Our car accident attorneys have helped more than 12,000 clients recover compensation for their damages. We provide the compassionate legal support you need and help you understand your rights under the law. If you’ve been injured or believe a loved one suffered a wrongful death due to someone else’s negligence, our Mobile car accident lawyers fight to protect your rights and recover the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call Moore Law Firm at 251-445-7602 or contact us online to learn more.

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