Causes of Car Accidents
Car Accident Attorney Serving Milwaukee, WI
Drunk driving, speeding, traffic violations, texting while driving – the potential causes of
car accidents are both varied and numerous. Whether it boils down to driver negligence
or wrongdoing on the part of an automaker or another, third party, the
outcome is the same: a collision has occurred and someone is liable. As
Milwaukee car accident attorneys, we at Cannon & Dunphy S.C. recognize
how important it is to properly identify cause and liability in the wake
of an accident.
If you are to pursue compensation from the individual or company that is
responsible for causing your accident, you will need to prove how they
caused the collision and why they should be liable for your medical bills,
lost earnings, property damage and other expenses or losses associated
with your injuries. This is where a legal professional can make all the
difference. Our team works together to represent the interests of car
accident victims across Wisconsin; we can handle cases involving collisions
- Drunk and drugged drivers
- Speeding or racing
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Red light or stop sign violations
- Failure to yield
- Driver error
- Driver fatigue
- Traffic violations
- Defective auto parts
- Poorly designed vehicles
- Roadway defects and hazards
Leading Causes of Car Accidents in the U.S.
Although there are many different causes of car accidents, several stand
out from the rest. The following are the most common causes of collisions
in the United States:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
nearly one-third of traffic fatalities in the U.S. occur in drunk driving
accidents, collisions involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration
of .08% or greater, which is above the legal limit to operate a vehicle.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, even prescription
medication, can impair judgment, reaction time, vision and motor skills,
increasing the risk of a collision.
NHTSA statistics show that about one-third of traffic fatalities occur
in accidents involving a driver who was speeding or racing. This includes
drivers who were exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for current
road, weather or traffic conditions. Speeding not only increases the likelihood
of a collision by affecting maneuverability and increasing the time it
takes to stop a vehicle, but it increases the force of impact and therefore
the severity of injury in an accident.
A growing epidemic on U.S. roadways, distracted driving accounted for
about one-tenth of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2012. Drivers
who text, talk on the phone, talk to passengers, apply make-up, eat, drink,
smoke or do anything else other than driving place themselves and everyone
on the road at risk of being involved in a collision. A recent Virginia
Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) study, for example, showed that texting
while driving may place a driver at 23 times more of a risk of an accident
than a driver who is not distracted.
Other Driver Error/Negligence/Wrongdoing
All three of the above causes of car accidents can be considered some
form of driver error, negligence or wrongdoing, making poor driving behavior
the leading cause of motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. From minor traffic
violations like following too closely to serious criminal offenses like
drunk driving, driving behavior can cause or contribute to a serious crash
that leaves one or more people with catastrophic injuries. Drivers should
take care to obey traffic laws and drive with reasonable caution and care
for the safety of others.
Ask a Milwaukee Auto Accident Lawyer
If you are interested in finding out what caused your accident and therefore
who may be held accountable, call a Milwaukee auto accident lawyer at
our firm. We work with investigators, expert witnesses and other professionals
to thoroughly analyze every aspect of a collision. We can determine cause
and liability to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
Contact our offices today!