Unfortunately, car accidents are increasing and becoming more deadly. The National Safety Council’s preliminary estimates show that fatalities in 2015 are expected to increase eight percent from 2014—the largest increase in 50 years. They estimate that 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million were injured in 2015. Even worse, Georgia was one of four states showing a substantial increase in deaths—with a 22 percent increase. This also means that more Georgia residents are suffering life-altering injuries, resulting in massive medical bills, lost wages for months or longer, and severe emotional trauma. Fortunately, they could be entitled to compensation from the driver who caused their crash.
How Negligent Drivers Cause Accidents
Even with the new vehicle safety technology being introduced to prevent car crashes, drivers continue to drive in unsafe ways. Sadly, the common ways these negligent motorists cause accidents have not changed much. If you were involved in a wreck, it may have been caused by one of these negligent actions:
- Distracted driving. With all the things to distract us while driving, it is no wonder that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents. Talking on a cellphone or texting, eating and drinking, fiddling with the GPS, radio, or other instrument controls, and talking to passengers are just a few of the distractions that cause drivers to take their eyes, hands, and minds off driving.
- Speeding. With the fast pace of our lives, it becomes tempting to speed to the places we need to go. Speeding makes it harder to stop quickly—often needed in busy traffic or on highways—when other motorists, crashes, weather, or construction require it.
- Drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol—or drugs—is extremely dangerous because the driver’s thought process and reaction time are impaired.
- Reckless driving. This can include driving way over the speed limit, weaving between lanes, and otherwise driving aggressively. Reckless driving can cause catastrophic injuries to victims—especially on the highway where motorists are already driving at faster speeds.
- Weather conditions. Rain, snow, ice, and fog can make roads more slippery and visibility poor. When motorists do not slow down, they can slide into other vehicles, spin out of control, or be unable to brake in time.
- Running red lights and stop signs. Running red lights or stop signs can cause deadly side impact—also known as T-bone—crashes especially when a driver is racing through a light or stop sign at a high speed.
- Teen drivers. Unfortunately, teens do not have as much experience driving in dangerous conditions and are not always careful drivers. In addition, they are often more likely to talk on their cellphones or text while driving—with tragic results for themselves and their victims.
- Night driving. Visibility is reduced even for drivers who see well at night. For those with vision problems, driving can be even more challenging. When they are not extra alert or engage in other unsafe practices like speeding or distracted driving, a nighttime accident can result.
- Design defects. Unfortunately, vehicle defects are becoming increasingly common, such as General Motors’ ignition switches or Takata air bags, causing life-threatening injuries and deaths in accidents.
- Wrong-way driving. Going the wrong way on a one-way street or entering the exit ramp on a highway can lead to catastrophic accidents. They can be caused by driver inattention, visibility problems, or impaired driving.
Were you or a family member injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver? Our Savannah automobile accident attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Start an online chat or call us at (888) 707-1197 to schedule a free consultation.