When it comes to driving, it only takes the blink of an eye for a tragic error to occur. A split-second of inattentiveness can cause a car to swerve into oncoming traffic, cross into a bicycle lane, or cause a driver to yield at a crosswalk. These wrecks can leave victims seriously injured with broken bones, torn ligaments, and brain and spinal cord damage. Permanent disability and disfigurement are very real possibilities. So, too, is death.
If you've ever been in a car accident, then you know the amount of stress you experience immediately following the crash. Though these moments may pass by in a whirlwind, there are certain steps that you need to make sure you take not only to protect yourself, but also to protect any potential legal claim that you may pursue in the future.
Accidents are not only unexpected but can be difficult to explain. In the wake of a car accident, an investigation may be undertaken in an attempt to determine who was at fault. This investigation can serve many purposes, including helping law enforcement and prosecutors determine if criminal charges need to be brought. Car accident victims may want to support a reconstruction of the accident site, too, as it may help them build a case for imposing liability on a negligent driver. This, in turn, could lead to the recovery of much needed compensation.
Some events in life occur suddenly and can be a real shock. If you've ever been in a car accident, then you know the whole ordeal can occur in the blink of an eye, leaving you confused as to what actually happened. Other motorists involved in a wreck can feel the same way, which can make it hard for all parties involved and investigators to determine the exact cause of a crash. Yet, getting to the bottom of the matter and assigning fault can be critical for accident victims, as this determination may serve as the foundation for a legal claim.
We all get distracted from time to time; however, when we get distracted at work, at home or at a store, this is not usually described as dangerous. But that is not the case when distractions enter a vehicle. It's no secret that distracted driving has become a major impediment to roadway safety. Many Arizonans send text messages, scan social media and even take pictures while driving. But distracted driving isn't limited to the use of an electronic device. Eating, talking to others, searching for objects within the vehicle and even grooming one's self can take attention from the road. When this occurs, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can all be put in harm's way.
With the holiday season now in full swing, many Arizona families are finding themselves taking to the road more frequently. Whether to go shopping or visit family and friends, many are sure to rack up the miles this season. It is, of course, critically important to ensure that one drives as safely as possible, but not everyone heeds this advice. Many motorists are distracted or intoxicated, which significantly increases the risk that they will cause an injurious or deadly accident.
Most, if not all, of you have heard news about vehicles that can operate without a driver. These machines' makers promise to ensure safer roads by removing all human error from the streets, which many statistics have shown account for the vast majority of car accidents. In fact, two automotive specialists believe that driverless cars will demonstrate that 99.9 percent of all accidents were caused by mistakes made by humans. But will that be case?
Car accidents have been a problem for as long as the car has been around. Despite consistent, and oftentimes aggressive efforts, the fact of the matter is that serious car wrecks continue to occur, leaving innocent motorists with serious injuries. Part of this continuation is caused by new and unexpected problems, such as distracted driving caused by cell phone usage, while other factors have been around for a long time, such as drunk driving. To see just how big of a problem these wrecks are, one need only look at recent statistics in Arizona.
If you drive regularly and pay attention to the vehicles around you, then you may be surprised at the number of business owned cars and trucks on the road. The individuals who are behind the wheels of those vehicles drive as part of their employment, but that doesn't mean that they are any safer than your average, everyday motorist. They can be distracted, tired and even intoxicated, putting themselves and others at risk of being harmed in a serious car accident. When this happens and damages are suffered by an innocent individual, legal action may be appropriate.
Previously, this blog discussed a recent accident that left one individual dead. Tragically, it appears that the wreck may have been wholly preventable, as it may have been caused by a drunk driver. Despite extensive public service initiatives and law enforcement crackdowns on intoxicated driving, far too many motorists continue to drink and drive. As the recent accident highlighted, the costs can be extensive, stretching from the physical and emotional to the financial. In an effort to find a sense of justice and closure, as well as compensation for damages suffered, car accident victims may want to consider pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.