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Causes of Vehicle Accidents
It only takes a few seconds. Someone looks away from the road and, almost without warning, slams into another vehicle, a pedestrian or a fixed object, such as a light pole or building. The word "accident" means that something happens without being deliberately planned. At times, an accident can result in injury, harm or even death to one of the people involved. This means that, even though the person that caused the accident didn't intend for it to happen, he or she could still be held at fault.
Driving While Impaired
Whether the at-fault driver had too many drinks or took a medication that impaired him or her, law enforcement and the court system will hold that person responsible for the accident. If anyone else in the accident is injured or killed, the consequences to the impaired driver are even worse, especially if he or she has already been stopped or arrested for impaired driving.
Texting While Driving
Teens aren't the only drivers who allow themselves to be distracted by electronics while actively driving a vehicle. Business persons, busy parents and even municipal employees driving large city buses have gotten involved in accidents while distracted. The driver, thinking about the plans they have coming up, decides they want to send a "quick text" to verify a piece of information. Regardless of the person's regret for causing the accident, law enforcement will ticket him or her, especially in locations where operating a cell phone behind the wheel is against the law.
Speeding and/or Tailgating
Making it to work, to an appointment or to the gym can sometimes be more important than driving safely and obeying posted speed limits. If a driver in a hurry ignores the speed limit, then finds he or she can't control the vehicle, an accident could result. Whether the vehicle comes into contact with another vehicle, a building, wall or pole, the driver is likely to be found at fault for causing the accident.
Law enforcement has the skills and tools to determine how fast someone was driving at the time of an accident. Once they have this information, they can legally issue a speeding ticket to the driver. The same goes for a driver who was tailgating when he or she gets into an accident. If the car in front braked and slowed unexpectedly, the tailgating driver has virtually no time to respond and slow down.
The owner of a car with old brakes or worn-out tires thinks he or she has time to get the issue taken care of. But if if the brakes or tires fail completely during a drive, the result is an accident. The driver has warning of the brakes going bad. It takes much longer for the car to stop after pressing the brake. The brakes squeal when being engaged. When bad tires are the cause of a preventable accident, they can blow up, causing the car to veer out of control. Or the driver may be unable to stop, especially during rainy or snowy weather.
Unexpected Lane Changes
Here, either driver could be considered legally at fault. When one driver fails to signal a lane change, other drivers can't anticipate what he or she is about to do. He or she will be legally liable. Other drivers should stay at least two car lengths behind other drivers. Not doing so means they could be held responsible, too. Should another driver change lanes unexpectedly, that additional space gives drivers time to respond to avoid collisions.