A motor vehicle accident may cause extensive property damage and significant bodily injury. This may be true even if a collision takes place at a relatively low rate of speed. Driver distraction, fatigue or impairment may play a role in almost any type of crash. Poor vehicle maintenance, inclement weather or inadequate road conditions may also play a role in allowing a crash to occur.
Driver error can cause accidents
A driver who is distracted by a cellphone or screaming passenger may fail to see a pedestrian before it is too late to avoid a collision. A motorist who is impaired or fatigued may make an unsafe lane change or drive at a speed that is too fast for road conditions. This can result in rear-end or head-on collisions as well as rollover car accidents.
Pay attention to road conditions
Taking the time to scan the road may prevent a collision. It may also prevent collisions that might occur while backing out of a parking space or because you tried to make a lane change while a car was in your blind spot. Making use of a blind spot monitor, rear camera or other safety tools that your car might have may make it easier to keep track of what is going on around your vehicle.
If your accident was caused by a negligent party, you may be able to file a claim for compensation for medical bills or other damages incurred. Cellphone records, toxicology reports or other lines of evidence may be used to show that the defendant was likely liable for causing a crash that caused you to incur a financial loss.