There are various causes for car accidents and it is important for every driver to understand these causes and make an effort to prevent accidents.
There are two broad categories of causes for car accidents – driver error and everything else. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the majority of car accidents can be attributed to driver error.
40 percent of fatalities in car accidents across the country are attributable to alcohol consumption. Driving under the influence is known to reduce the body’s reaction time to situations, reduced visibility, and affects a driver's decision making capability. A fatigued driver also faces effects similar to driving under the influence. Fatigue may cause a driver to have slower reactions and a driver may even fall asleep while behind the wheel. The chances of missing a traffic signal, such as a stop sign, are higher for an intoxicated or fatigued driver.
Dangerous Road ConditionsThere are various non-driver related reasons for car accidents. The conditions of the road play a big part in road safety. A poorly maintained road or a road with water accumulation can result in lower traction and less friction, making it hazardous for motorists. Moisture on the road from rain or snow also makes the roads slippery and hazardous. Weather conditions like fog, rain, and snow reduces visibility and affects driving conditions. Further, the condition of your car can also affect your safety on the road. Poorly maintained brakes and tires can make your car skid and can cause a crash.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s error, contact a St. Louis car accident attorney from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. and claim your rightful damages.