Roadways are generally safe but there are some things that can increase the chance of crashes. It is up to each driver to do their part to try to avoid these hazards, but some drivers might not take that responsibility seriously.
Understanding some of the more common causes of wrecks might help some drivers to avoid them. The reason of the crash is also important if you plan on seeking compensation for the damages you suffer.
Distracted, drunk or fatigued driving
Crashes that are caused by distractions, fatigue or impairment are all preventable. Drivers who make the decision to drive without being fully mentally and physically able put others on the roads at risk. Unfortunately, these are all major problems across the United States.
One of the best ways you can avoid being struck by one of these drivers is to watch what’s going on around you. If you see a vehicle swerving or moving in an unsafe manner, try to stay away from it. Contacting the police can also help because it enables them to try to find out what’s going on. There’s a chance that a driver might be having a medical issue and in need of help.
If you do contact the police, make sure you do so when it’s safe. Try to pull over to make the call or have another occupant of your vehicle contact them. Avoid the temptation to follow the vehicle, especially too closely because you don’t want to put yourself in danger.
Defective or improperly maintained components
Vehicle owners must properly maintain their vehicles, but some don’t. This leaves the chance that improper maintenance might contribute to a crash. There’s also the chance that a defective component on the vehicle caused it. When something along these lines occurs, investigating the circumstances might provide valuable insight into what happened so you can hold the appropriate party accountable for the wreck.
When you’re in a wreck
If you’re involved in a crash, be sure that you contact the police to file a report. You also need to get medical care. In some cases, injuries might be hidden or delayed, so getting checked out can uncover problems before they become serious. You may also opt to seek compensation for the financial impact of the wreck. The liable parties, such as the driver who struck you, are named as the defendants in your claim.