Car accidents may happen for several reasons, including the negligence of a driver.
There are multiple factors that can cause a car accident. Driving under the influence, distracted driving, recklessness, and negligence are often the most common causes of car accidents. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident, it is important that you seek legal assistance from a competent St. Louis car accident lawyer. The lawyer can help you receive compensation from the party at fault.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a major cause of accidents not only in St. Louis, but in the entire United States. Alcohol impairs the driver’s motor skills, reflexes, decision making power, and reaction time. Drunk drivers pose a serious threat to all other vehicles and passengers on the road. According to the Missouri state highway patrol, drunk driving caused as many as 2,600 car accidents in 2011. Nationwide, close to 10,000 people are killed each year at the hands of drunk drivers.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of auto accidents in St. Louis. St. Louis car accident lawyers believe that it is the duty of every driver to pay attention to the road and to traffic. Any distraction can cause a driver to lose focus, leading to a car accident. Common distractions include:
- Talking to other passengers.
- Texting while driving.
- Talking on a cell phone.
- Driving when fatigued.
Studies reveal that the use of a cell phone while driving is the most dangerous type of distracted driving. It causes the driver to lose focus and makes the perfect recipe for an accident. Car accidents caused due to texting and driving are completely preventable. According to the NHTSA, drivers who text and drive are at a 23 percent higher risk of becoming involved in an accident.
Speeding and general recklessness often leads to serious accidents. Reckless drivers may switch lanes without warning, run stop signs, turn without signaling, tailgate, and act aggressively on the road. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, speeding caused as many as 23, 098 vehicle accidents in Missouri.
Driving Under Adverse Weather Conditions
Adverse weather conditions such as snow, fog, ice, wind, and rain are also a leading cause of car accidents. Fog and rain can obstruct a driver’s view and make it difficult for the driver to identify and react to hazards on the road. Ice, rain, and other conditions that make the road wet often cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Ice and snow can reduce a vehicle’s traction and this makes it difficult to maneuver sharp turns and sudden stops. The Missouri highway patrol has statistics that reveal that wearing seat belts can considerably reduce injuries caused by weather-related accidents.
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free case evaluation.