Tens of thousands of people are killed in the United States each year as a result of car accidents and even more are injured. It is important to note that a vast majority of these traffic accidents are caused by human error. If you are injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to claim compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have suffered.
In a car accident case, the burden of proof, as with all personal injury cases, is on the plaintiff. This means that the plaintiff or the injured victim must prove that he or she was injured by another’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents caused by driver error or negligence:
Drunk driving: Car accidents that occur as a result of driver impairment are unfortunately, tragically common. When a driver is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, he or she puts not only himself or herself, but also passengers and other commuters in grave danger. Drunk driving incidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Impaired driving is illegal and often results in criminal prosecution. In addition to facing charges and criminal penalties, drunk or drugged drivers can be held financially responsible for the injuries and losses they cause.
Distracted driving: In our high-tech world today, there is no shortage of distractions, particularly when we drive. Any act that takes your hands off the wheel, eyes off the road or attention away from the act of driving, counts as a distraction. Distracted drivers are obviously inattentive and can cause serious damage not only to other motorists, but also pedestrians and bicyclists.
Drowsy driving: It is a fact that few of us get the full eight hours of sleep that is recommended. As a result, fatigued driving is extremely common on our roadways. Fatigued drivers who fall asleep at the wheel could drive into opposing lanes of traffic and cause head-on collisions. We’ve also seen a number of collisions where exhausted drivers crash into homes, plow into pedestrians or workers on a highway. Drowsy driving is as dangerous if not more dangerous than drunk driving.
Reckless vehicle operation: Recklessness on the roadway can take many forms. Drivers who run red lights or stop signs. Motorists who fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles or pedestrians. Drivers who operate their vehicles at an excessive rate of speed (over the speed limit) or at a speed that is dangerous given the current conditions. Motorists who make reckless and dangerous lane changes. These are all violations of the rules of the road and dangerous behaviors that can put others in danger.
If you have been injured or concussed, by a negligent driver, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer who will stay on your side, fight for your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses while holding the at-fault parties accountable.