Causes of Car Accidents
Help for Injured Car Accident Victims in New Jersey
Driving a vehicle is one of the riskiest activities we perform on a day-to-day basis. We tend to take driving for granted, but the reality is that there are countless things that can go wrong and cause an accident at any given time.
More than 33,000 people were killed and another 2.36 million people were injured in car accidents in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Fatalities and injuries increased in 2012 after six consecutive years of declining fatalities on the road, showing there is plenty of progress still to be made in traffic safety. Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been prevented or avoided if one of the drivers had driven more carefully and kept their attention on the road. The result of this carelessness can range from property damage and repair costs to medical expenses and even death.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. You deserve full compensation for the property damage and injuries suffered, and our experienced car accident attorneys can help you get it. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and find evidence to support your case and help you recover from this traumatic experience. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to schedule your free and confidential consultation today.
Motor vehicle accidents have a wide variety of causes, including the following:
Distracted driving is a serious problem on American roadways. Approximately 421,000 people were injured and 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related crashes in 2012. One in ten drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes reported being distracted at the time of the crash, and approximately 25 percent of teens respond to a text message at least once every time they get behind the wheel. Texting and driving is one of the most serious forms of distracted driving; while texting, a driver is distracted for an average of 5 seconds, which is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded while traveling at 55 mph. However, texting while driving is not the only form of distracted driving. Other distractions include:
- Changing the radio station or CD
- Checking email
- Applying makeup
- Talking to other occupants of the vehicle
Driving under the influence is one of the most troubling causes of car accidents. Driving under the influence kills approximately 30 people in the U.S. every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2010, representing nearly one-third of all traffic deaths in the U.S. Driving under the influence includes driving after consuming alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit drugs. This entirely preventable crime costs the country more than $50 billion every year and results in immeasurable pain and suffering for victims and their families.
Reckless driving can mean a number of different things. Overall, “reckless driving” can be defined as any failure to obey traffic lights, guide posts, warning signs, regulatory signs, or road signs. This can include:
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Running a red light
- Failure to yield
- Aggressive driving
- Driving while distracted
Tire blowouts cause serious accidents every year, accounting for 414 deaths and 10,275 injuries in 2012. Many of these de-treading accidents can be attributed to defective tires, putting the burden of liability on the manufacturer of the tire itself.
Defective car parts have the potential to cause serious accidents all over the U.S. When defective car parts are mass-manufactured, they are installed in a huge number of vehicles and sold all over the country, putting these dangerous machines all over the roadways. A wide variety of car parts can be defective and lead to an accident, but certain parts tend to be recalled and found defective more than others. These parts include:
- Air bags
- Seat belts
- Fuel tanks
Cars can also be found defective if the overall structure is unsafe or if the vehicle is not equipped to protect passengers during a rollover accident.
Defective roadways are the result of faulty engineering or design in the original blueprint for a road. Errors in design or construction on highways, freeways, or county roads can cause major, multi-car collisions that result in serious injuries. If a local or state agency failed to follow highway safety standards, resulting in an injury, you could have grounds for a personal injury case against the agency.
Inclement weather can greatly increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident. There are more than 1.5 million weather-related car accidents every year, including 707,000 rain-related crashes, 225,000 snow-related crashes, and 190,000 ice-related crashes. Inclement weather is hard to predict, but many of these accidents could be prevented if the driver simply slowed down and anticipated the effects of the weather on the roadway.
Unsafe roadways are another example of government negligence. Local, county, or state agencies are required to perform regular, adequate maintenance to keep roadways safe for drivers. Failure to address potholes or other major driving hazards on the road can open up the responsible agency to liability for crash injuries.
Other types and causes of car accidents can include:
- Improper lane change
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Deployed airbag injury
- Head-on collision
- Red light accident
Contact an Experienced New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer
After an accident, it is important to hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Physical and medical evidence are important to a case, and your lawyer needs to begin gathering evidence as soon as possible. It is also crucial to bring in credible experts for a motor vehicle accident case, including investigators, law enforcement personnel, technology experts, reconstructionists, physicians, and other medical specialists.
Someone else’s negligence should not hinder your health or livelihood. If you or a loved one has suffered an accident for any of the above reasons, contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi today. We will investigate your claim and prepare an aggressive strategy for recovering your losses.