Fault and Liability: Who Caused Your Car Accident?

Driver negligence is one of the most common causes of car accidents. As a matter of fact, most personal injury claims boil down to finding out which driver was reckless. Negligence can take many forms such as driving under the influence of alcohol or a taking a particular prescription medicine. Nonetheless, more common forms of negligence involve the driver’s lack of paying attention while on the road such as when the motorist:

• Reads and email or text
• Takes eye off the road to change a radio station
• Looks at something or someone by roadside
• Reads a newspaper or book
• Sends a text
• Adjusts his or her seat
• Stretches to get something out of the glove compartment
• Applies lipstick while driving
• Eats or drinks while on the wheel
• Gets something out of the pocket
• Reprimands or looks at them

Even though the above list does not include all examples of acting recklessly on the road, a car accident lawyer can use any or combination of the examples given to show negligence. It is pretty easy to prove carelessness if you get hit by a motorist who takes his or her eyes off the road. Equally, if you cause a car accident as a result of your negligent actions, you can expect to be held responsible.

Defective Cars

A car is likely to cause an accident if it’s faulty. Defects can be as a result of the manufacturer’s mistakes or problems that arise as the car ages. A good example is when your car’s brakes wear out, and you choose not to replace them. In so doing, you are carelessly driving a defective vehicle and will be liable for an accident caused by your car’s inability to stop promptly. Other car defects that increase the risk of causing an accident include problems with lights, acceleration and steering.

Ensure that your vehicle is regularly checked to repair any defects before they aggravate. Never ignore your mechanic’s advice to fix a problem. If you cannot afford the repair costs, keep the car out of the road.

Poor Road Conditions

Statistics indicate that poor road conditions are to blame for 22,000 fatalities and costs more than $217 annually. A road is deemed “poor” if it has;

• Cracks or breaks
• Debris scattered all over
• Sinkholes and potholes
• Insufficient shoulders
• Confusing or poor signage
• Uneven lanes
• If the road is narrow
• If it is under construction

If you get involved in a car crash as a result of poor road conditions, you can file a claim against the other driver, government agency or the board in charge of the road.

Call a Lawyer

Showing that the above factors caused your accident is essential. Call a car accident lawyer in your area for a free consultation session before you file claim. The lawyer will assess the series of events before the collision and help you with the process of filing and pursuing a claim.

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