Causes of Car Accidents
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Car accidents happen all the time on public roads and highways, often with devastating results for those who suffer injuries. When these accidents are preventable if not for the negligence of another person or entity, injured victims have the right to pursue compensation for their damages, including any medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering they incur as a direct result.
At Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC, our Lexington personal injury attorneys are zealous advocates for victims and families who have suffered harm in all types of preventable wrecks. When handling car accident cases, we leverage our extensive experience to conduct meticulous investigations into who can be held at fault for causing the crash and liable for our clients’ damages. Over the years, we have shown that our insight, resources, and unwavering commitment to clients can make all the difference in their case and ability to recover the damages they deserve. In fact, those attributes have allowed us to recover millions of dollars in compensation on for clients.
Exploring the Cause of Your Crash
Every auto accident is unique, which is why we place an emphasis on personally investigating cases and determining what happened in your crash. By collecting information directly from our clients, reviewing police reports, reconstructing accidents, and carefully investigating the facts and circumstances at hand, we explore all potential causes of a crash to determine who can be held at fault.
Because we have handled many car accident cases for residents throughout Kentucky over the years, we know the common causes of traffic wrecks and what we need to look for. For example, many auto accidents are caused by the following factors:
- Distracted driving – Distracted driving has become one of the most concerning forms of negligence on American roadways, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is nationwide epidemic fueling an alarming surge in roadway injuries and deaths. Distracted driving can take many forms (eating and drinking, talking to passengers, adjusting music, etc.), all of which are dangerous. However, the most dangerous form of driver distraction is texting or using a cell phone behind the wheel. This is due to the fact that motorists who use a phone to text or place a call must divert their manual, mental, and visual attention away from the road, which substantially increases the risk of crashing. Not only is texting a clear exhibition of negligence, it is also against the law for all drivers in the state of Kentucky. Our legal team fully explores whether an at-fault driver was distracted at the time of a crash.
- Drunk or drugged driving – Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs is against the law. It is also one of the most blatant forms of negligence and among the most dangerous things a person can do because it puts themselves and others at risk of suffering serious harm. Exploring whether a motorist was impaired is critical to ensuring that they are held accountable for their negligence and liable for victims’ damages. Although impairment may be difficult to prove if a motorist was not arrested or charged by law enforcement, these cases can be effectively handled by skilled attorneys.
- Driver error – Driver error is the leading cause of car accidents, and it can take many forms. From speeding and unsafe lane changes to running red lights, failing to yield, and following too closely, there are many types of errors drivers can make behind the wheel that increase the risks of accidents. We explore all of these potential causes and carefully review police reports to determine if witnesses may have seen traffic violations or if drivers were cited by law enforcement for disobeying traffic laws. In some cases, we may be able to secure evidence, such as closed circuit video recordings from nearby businesses, which enable us to see if a driver committed some act negligence that caused or contributed to a crash. We then work to present evidence clearly and convincingly to ensure clients receive fair compensation.
- Defective products – Although driver error is the most common cause of auto accidents, there are crashes that are not caused by the fault of any motorists. Instead, some wrecks may be caused by dangerous auto parts or products that are unsafe for their intended use. These include faulty tires, air bags, brakes, and other vehicle components. When a product is defectively designed or manufactured, or when manufacturers fail to warn consumers about potential risks associated with their products, they can be held liable for damages victims suffer as a result.
No matter the cause of your accident, you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim that holds an at-fault party accountable for their negligence and liable for the injuries and damages you suffered. While you may have this right, compensation is never guaranteed, especially when insurance companies do everything they can to pay you little to nothing. To level the playing field, it is in your best interests to have proven personal injury lawyers on your side of the courtroom.
Discuss Your Case During a FREE Consultation
Our Lexington car accident attorneys are passionate about guiding auto accident victims through difficult times and foreign legal proceedings, and to making the difference in their futures. If you have a potential car wreck case you wish to discuss, our legal team is readily available to review your case and discuss whether you may have the right to pursue compensation. For a free consultation, contact us today.