Even the most cautious drivers get in car accidents, and serious collisions are particularly common in the state of Alabama. According to the Center for Advanced Public Safety, there are more than 120,000 crashes in the state each year, and approximately 800 of them are fatal. A significant percentage of car crashes in Alabama also leave the drivers or passengers with serious injuries, and in 2011, there were more than 38,000 car crash injuries.
Despite the significant number of car crashes each year, there are just a few common causes. Even as a responsible driver, it may be useful to understand how the most common car accidents occur so you can better avoid them.
Regardless of the nature of the crash, if you sustained injuries due to a negligent driver, call Morris Bart, LLC. A Mobile personal-injury lawyer specializing in car accidents and other personal-injury claims may be able to assist you.
You could be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses or lost wages, and we have the expertise to assist you in pursuing it. Call us today at 1-888-996-7971 to schedule an appointment, and our large team of attorneys and support staff may be able to put your life back on track following an accident.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, understanding crash causation is an important step in lowering the number of incidents on the country’s roads. The following are among the most common causes of car accidents:
- Weather Conditions
While we have no control over the weather, drivers do have control over how they drive when conditions turn bad. Many drivers choose not to reduce their speed or fail to turn on their headlights, and as a result, they are not visible to other motorists and run the risk of causing serious accidents. Rain, snow, ice and wind all make driving dangerous, and it is important to exercise caution in these conditions.
- Reckless Driving
Many drivers believe they are highly skilled and can drive at high speeds while avoiding crashes. Research indicates that high speeds and reckless driving cause many accidents, and driving even a few miles per hour over the limit can increase your stopping distance, reduce your control and potentially cause a serious accident.
- Failing to Follow Road Rules
Traffic officials implement road and driving regulations for everyone’s health and safety, and it is important to abide by them at all times. Drivers who skip red lights or fail to stop at stop signs cause a significant percentage of accidents each year, and the result of these indiscretions is often devastating.
It is crucial to keep a safe following distance while on the roads, particularly when driving at high speeds on the highway. Allow yourself time to react if the driver in front of you stops suddenly.
Car crashes can be debilitating and can leave you with mounting debt due to medical expenses and lost wages. Call Morris Bart, LLC today at 1-888-996-7971 for advice about your car accident claim. A Mobile personal-injury attorney can work with you to determine if you have a valid claim.