Lebanon Auto Accident Attorney
Common Driver Errors that Cause Car Accidents
Filing a car accident claim generally requires proving that the other driver was negligent—or careless in some manner—and that his or her negligence caused the accident. Negligence can take many forms, and it can be difficult to prove without evidence like traffic cameras, witness statements, accident scene debris, and other tell-tale signs that are associated with car accidents.
The Lebanon auto accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law know that there are countless possible causes of car accidents, but we also know that some behaviors are responsible for the overwhelming majority of collisions. When we take cases like yours, we look for certain behaviors to prove that the other driver was behaving negligently before causing the accident.
What Are Common Negligent Behaviors?
Because we help car accident victims on a daily basis, we’ve seen nearly every type of car accident imaginable. Some of the most common causes of those accidents include:
Speeding is a very common but also very dangerous behavior. Speed limits are designed to maximize safety on roadways, and drivers who exceed speed limits put themselves and others at risk. Driving over the speed limit makes it more difficult for drivers to maneuver their vehicles around tight turns or stop or slow down when necessary. In addition, the faster cars are traveling at the moment of impact, the more likely it is that the victims will suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries.
Determining that a driver was speeding is often accomplished by analyzing traffic camera footage, skid marks from brakes, and witness statements.
- Distracted driving
Driving while distracted can happen due to many reasons. Changing a radio station, reaching for something in the passenger seat, putting on makeup, talking on the phone, and sending text messages can all take a driver’s eyes off the road momentarily—and that’s often all it takes to cause a serious accident. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, especially at high speeds, as it causes drivers to lose focus and awareness of their surroundings and the movements of other vehicles around them.
Determining that a driver was distracted when he or she caused an accident can be done by analyzing cell phone records or obtaining witness statements from the scene of the collision.
- Alcohol and drugs
Drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are significantly more likely to cause accidents than sober drivers. Alcohol and drugs can cause drivers to experience blurred vision, delayed reaction times, poor judgment, and drowsiness—all of which are extremely dangerous to experience while operating a vehicle.
Determining if a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs is easily done by testing the driver’s reaction times, breathe, or blood shortly after the accident occurs. In addition to being considered negligent, drunk and drug-using drivers can face criminal charges.
- Reckless driving
Speed isn’t the only rule of the road that drivers break that may lead to accidents. Reckless driving covers a broad spectrum of behaviors, including tailgating, running red lights and stop signs, road rage incidents, running other drivers off the road, and even intentionally striking other vehicles.
Proving that a driver was reckless while behind the wheel requires a more thorough investigation and often involves interviewing witnesses of the crash and collecting evidence from the crash scene.
If you were injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by another driver’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact the Lebanon car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law. We can investigate your accident and determine the other driver’s level of fault and negligence—and then we’ll do everything in our power to get you full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs.
To get in touch with our firm, just dial (615) 547-2683 or fill out a free form.