While it is easy to focus on the immediate causes of crashes, there are sometimes underlying factors that can influence the risk that a person will be involved in one. A victim of a car wreck might be shocked to see what types of things are considered when they opt to pursue a claim for compensation. In many cases, those deeper risks are included along with other factors.
Understanding a few basic ideas can help you to better navigate your lawsuit. It can also help you to remain safer while on the road since you will know some of the risks and factors that affect your likelihood of being involved in a wreck.
Risks for wreck exposures
The likelihood that you will be involved in a wreck increases with certain factors. Mixed use roads, including those that have agriculture vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, come with an increased risk. City streets are more likely to have crashes because of the stop-and-go traffic and the turning necessary to get into businesses and homes. There is also a higher risk with longer trips.
Risks for being in a crash
Many of these risks are ones that drivers can control. Things like fatigue, impairment, distraction and vehicle maintenance are some that can be addressed. Others, such as being a young male and decreased visibility aren’t as controllable. However, people can minimize the risks by remaining as safe as possible and following the rules of the road.
Risks for the severity of the crash
The severity of the car crash can have a direct correlation to the severity of the injuries. Excessive speeds, failure to use seat belts or car seats, failure to wear a helmet on a motorcycle, and using alcohol or drugs can all make the crash worse than what it might have been without these present. Older vehicles also have an increased risk for a more severe crash because the safety features in these usually aren’t up to par with newer vehicles.
Risks for injury outcomes
The distance from the nearest appropriate medical facility and the speed of medical personnel appearing at the crash site can directly influence the outcome of the injuries. The level of care that occurs before the victim makes it to the hospital is also critical. Other factors include the presence of hazardous substances, the time it takes to extract a person from a vehicle and exposure to fire or heat.
If you are involved in a crash, you might opt to pursue a claim for compensation. You must take this action swiftly because there are strict time limits.