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Common Causes of Car Accidents & Who's At Fault

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Car accidents can have devastating consequences, both physically and financially. Understanding the common causes of car accidents and determining who is at fault is crucial in seeking justice and compensation for personal injuries.

With the holidays coming up, there is likely to be more travel, and road conditions will be the worst they are all year. That's why our skilled attorneys are here to explore the top five causes of car accidents and provide valuable tips on how to establish fault in such cases. Keep reading for what you need to know. 

1. Distracted Driving: The Silent Killer

Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, or eating, is a leading cause of car accidents. To prove fault in a personal injury case, it is essential to gather evidence such as phone records, witness statements, and police reports. By demonstrating that the other party was distracted at the time of the accident, you can strengthen your case.

2. Speeding: Putting Lives at Risk

Excessive speeding not only increases the likelihood of an accident but also amplifies its severity. To determine fault in a speeding-related accident, you can utilize traffic camera footage, skid marks, and eyewitness accounts. Proving that the other driver was exceeding the speed limit can significantly impact the outcome of your claim.

3. Drunk Driving: Holding the Intoxicated Accountable

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal but also incredibly dangerous. If you have been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, it is crucial to collect evidence such as breathalyzer results, blood test reports, and police statements. Establishing fault in such cases can help you seek compensation for your injuries and hold the intoxicated driver accountable.

4. Reckless Driving: Negligence on the Road

Reckless driving encompasses various dangerous behaviors, including tailgating, aggressive lane changes, and running red lights. In order to prove fault in a case involving reckless driving, gathering evidence such as dashcam footage, eyewitness testimonies, and accident reconstruction reports can be vital. These elements can strengthen your claim and increase your chances of receiving fair compensation.

5. Poor Weather Conditions: Unpredictable Hazards

Inclement weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or fog, can significantly impact road safety. When determining fault in accidents caused by poor weather conditions, it is crucial to consider factors such as whether the driver was adhering to speed limits, maintaining a safe distance, and using appropriate vehicle equipment. Gathering weather reports, witness statements, and police investigations can help establish fault in such cases.

In Conclusion

Car accidents can occur due to various factors, and determining fault is essential to seek justice and compensation for personal injuries. Whether it's distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, or poor weather conditions, understanding the causes and gathering evidence is crucial.

If you have been involved in a car accident and need legal assistance, Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP is here to help. Our seasoned attorneys specialize in personal injury law and have years of experience when it comes to car accident cases. We promise to be here to guide you through the legal process and go above and beyond to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

To reach Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP now, dial (605) 519-6136, or contact us online.