Since many of us spend a notable portion of each day traveling by automobile, it is easy to become desensitized to the reality that this very task is very dangerous. The improvements that have been made in the development and implementation of safety features have served to further insulate most motorists from the inherent hazards of driving or riding in cars. But at the average speed attained on most highways or local thoroughfares, the potential for very serious injury or death is present in the majority of collisions.
It would seem like this degree if danger would prompt drivers to engage in driving behaviors that were geared toward minimizing the risk of a car accident, but this is sadly not always the case. For a variety of reasons both explainable and ineffable, there is an alarming tendency for motorists to become swallowed in a sea of bad habits which unnecessarily elevate the risk of a motor vehicle collision. As a consequence of these negligent and reckless actions, millions of people are hurt each year in the United States, and tens of thousands more are tragically killed.
There are no two car accidents which are exactly alike. The weather, time of day, and specific driving decisions made by the individual who causes a collision are all likely to vary considerably and each can bear on whether an accident occurs and how severe the effects of a crash may be. When there is evidence to suggest that another driver’s negligence or restlessness was the proximate cause of your accident then it may be appropriate for you to consider filing a legal action against him or her. There are also circumstances in which a car manufacturer, mechanic, or even municipal agency may be at fault.
Some of the most common threats to traffic safety which involve negligence or recklessness are the following:
- Text messaging while driving
- Talking on a cellular phone
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Applying make-up while driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated
- Operating a vehicle at excessive speeds
- Motor vehicle defects and malfunctions
- Unsafe lane changes
- Insufficient maintenance
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Though an insurance settlement might seem to be adequate, it is often the case that the insurance companies or policies involved will fail to meet your needs. To learn more about the advantages of a civil lawsuit, contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.
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