Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Common Driver Errors That Cause Car Accidents

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.

Texting and Driving

There are various types of driver errors which amount to driver negligence. For example, talking or texting on a cell phone while driving causes over 25 percent of all car accidents in the United States. As a driver you may think that you can easily do the job of driving and using a cell phone simultaneously; however, multitasking can adversely affect your driving ability and result in an accident. The brain will perceive a hazard and then take the appropriate action to avoid the hazard. When you multitask while driving, the brain’s ability to perceive the hazard and to provide a response is delayed. This can cause a car accident as the response time in such a situation is only a few seconds.

Drunk Driving

The next category of driver error is driving under the influence of alcohol. The NHTSA reports that over 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.


The other major cause of accidents is over-speeding. Teen drivers, and especially male teens, are more likely to speed when compared to adult and female drivers. These drivers are less experienced and are not equipped to deal with a hazard on the road while driving at high speeds. They may also drive too fast for the road and weather conditions, leading to accidents.

Dangerous Road Conditions

There 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.

The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.

(314) 361-4242

Friday, May 8, 2015

Car Accident Lawyer St. Louis - Missouri Personal Injury Attorney


Car Accident Lawyer St. Louis - Missouri Personal Injury Attorney

At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., our personal injury practice focuses on helping victims of car accidents in and around St. Louis, Missouri.

If you were injured in a St. Louis car accident, you probably have many questions. How can I pay my medical bills? What if I can’t work? How can I take care of my family? Fortunately, you do not have to answer these questions alone. A St. Louis car accident lawyer can help you find peace of mind.
The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.
(314) 361-4242