Causes of Car Accidents

Sep 19, 2014 by

When fatal car accidents happen, there is a tendency for people to look for a serious cause for it to at least mitigate the tragedy it represents. If the brakes failed, for instance, or the ignition switch failed, these are at least circumstances that are beyond the control of the driver. Unfortunately, too many car accidents happen for the most ridiculous reasons.

One of these is driving while intoxicated with drugs or alcohol, but this is increasingly being rivaled in frequency by the use of handheld devices, mostly texting and mostly involving teenagers. This may be because while most states ban texting while driving, including Kentucky, it is not sanctioned with the same severity as drunk driving. This is a form of reckless driving that according to the website of the Sampson Law Firm can be life-changing, and not in a good way.

Another cause is distraction, such as changing the radio station, fiddling with the GPS, or simply picking up something from the car floor. These are momentary distractions, but it only takes a moment for a child to run across the street or for a car in front to suddenly brake.

And then there are some accidents that have no immediately apparent cause. A recent single-car accident on the Second Street Bridge in Louisville, Kentucky was reported where the driver died on the scene. It seems that for some reason the driver who had been driving south had drifted to the northbound lane and then swerved back only to strike an iron support of the bridge hard enough to kill her. Investigation into the incident is underway, but reports that the driver had been going 65 mph on a 35 mph stretch does not explain why the car would swerve the way it did.

In that instance, only the driver and some property were affected, but it could easily have involved other vehicles and people. If you have been seriously hurt in a negligent car accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Consult with a skilled car accident lawyer in the area to review your case and give advice about what can be done.

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