According to reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 2.5 million people sustained injuries in car and truck accidents across the United States in a single year. Additionally, more than 35,000 people lost their lives in car and truck collisions. These statistics make it clear that the risk of being a crash victim is real, so it is important to be aware of the common behaviors of other drivers that lead to dangerous accidents. Driving in Los Angeles is typically different than driving anywhere else across the United States. Our highways and roads are often bumper-to-bumper or fast-paced. If you are not in the flow of regular traffic, you are just in the way.
In the unfortunate event that you are ever injured in a crash, it is also critical that you can identify whether the other driver made an error that caused the crash so that liability for your losses can be determined. This can often be challenging, though an experienced car accident attorney will have the resources and ability needed to identify any driver errors. If you have been injured, please do not hesitate to call Injury Justice Law Firm LLP for help today.
Common Driver Misconduct Causing Car Accidents
The following are only a few examples of misconduct on the part of drivers that commonly results in serious crashes:
Impaired Driving – While every driver should know how dangerous it is to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, statistics indicate that someone in the U.S. is injured in a drunk driving-related crash every two minutes. Despite the known risks, impaired driving continues to be a problem among all types of drivers, including commercial truck drivers and motorcyclists.
Distracted Driving – California has strict laws against using handheld mobile devices while driving for any purpose – and for good reason. Thanks to Smartphone's, distracted driving has become an epidemic in the U.S. and causes many accidents every day. In addition to using mobile devices, many other activities can result in distracted driving including eating, grooming, tending to children in the back, reaching for things, and more.
Fatigued Driving – Most people do not realize how dangerous fatigued driving can be. Experts have indicated that driving while seriously fatigued can cause impairments similar to drunk driving. In addition, drowsy driving often leads drivers to fall asleep at the wheel and lose complete control of their vehicles. Fatigued driving is particularly an issue among commercial truck drivers who may violate the FMCSA hours of service regulations.
Aggressive driving – Many people become impatient on the road and some drivers let their impatience escalate to aggression. Aggressive driving can include many different behaviors, including excessive speeding, tailgating, threatening words or gestures, unnecessary honking or flashing lights, or even following another driver off the road.
Violating traffic laws – There are hundreds of traffic laws on the books in order to promote safe driving behaviors in California and prevent accidents and injuries. There are also many people who violate these important safety laws on a regular basis and put others on the road at risk. Speeding, running red lights, illegal lane changes, and other unlawful traffic violations regularly cause crashes. In addition, commercial truck drivers and trucking companies can violate the FMCSA regulations and cause dangerous collisions.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable for Your Injuries
The above are only some of many errors that drivers make on the road that result in serious injuries to others. Dealing with car accident injuries can be a costly and difficult process, however, the law allows you to hold negligent drivers liable for losses you suffer. The first important step in the legal process is to work with an attorney who can help you determine whether another driver can be held liable for your losses.
Car accidents can happen to anyone. When a negligent driver runs through a red light, drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs, causes an accident while testing and driving, innocent victims of pay a heavy price. You sustained injuries and will now be dealing with the aftermath of the accident for months. Holding negligent or distracted drivers responsible is an important part of the process to help you through this difficult period.
Injuries by a Distracted Driver
It's easy to spot a distracted driver. Cell phones, fast-food, makeup or other countless reasons cause an individual to drive erratically. Studies have shown as many as one in five accidents that caused injuries involved a distracted driver. There was even a study that showed using a cell phone while driving a car had a similar impact on the driver's reaction time as being legally intoxicated. Text messaging while driving is simply unsafe and poses a threat to innocent drivers. While texting is probably the most common source of distraction while driving, it's not the only form of negligence by a driver. Any driver who causes and accident while looking away for a specific business, or engaging in conservation with a passenger is also guilty of distracted driving. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with auto accident issues. Our attorneys can present a compelling case to insurance companies or a judge to assist our clients in obtaining the compensation they deserve.
If another driver was negligent, Injury Justice Law Firm LLP can help you seek financial recovery from that driver in different ways. Our lawyers will closely investigate the cause of the accident and will work aggressively to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. We can pursue a claim with that driver's insurer and will work to negotiate and obtain a settlement that covers all of your losses. If the insurance company will not make an adequate offer, we will pursue a personal injury claim in civil court against the driver. We can help you obtain compensation for your medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
Our Los Angeles personal injury law firm has successfully helped countless clients by holding negligent drivers responsible for their actions. If you have been harmed by another individual's recklessness, we can help you get the maximum compensation allowed by law for your losses.
If you are wondering about your legal rights after a crash with another driver, please do not delay in calling Injury Justice Law Firm LLP in Los Angeles. We will take the necessary time to get to know you and fully understand the facts and circumstances surrounding your injuries. It's important to understand that every case is unique. Our personal injury lawyers will thoroughly examine your unique circumstances and aggressively work to meet your needs. Over the years of handing personal injury cases, our law firm has developed a network of qualified expert witnesses who can make sense of a complicated car accident. In some cases, we can even use a professional car reconstruction expert. Their skilled insight and opinion are frequently very helpful in obtaining maximum possible recovery for losses.
Our attorneys will also advise you of your legal options and guide you through every step of the legal process. We are here to help, so call our personal injury law firm at 310-734-7974 for a free consultation.