May 17, 2016
Car crashes can happen for many reasons. A driver’s negligence is a common cause for collisions. In addition to negligence causes for car collisions can include weather conditions, vehicle malfunction, and elements of poorly-maintained roadways like uneven pavement, unclear road lines, and potholes.
When a car accident is attributed to a driver’s negligence, other individuals who suffer injuries caused by that accident may seek compensation for their damages from his or her automobile insurance provider. It is the claimant’s’ responsibility to prove that the negligent driver breached his or her duty to prevent an accident on the roadway. The following are four commonly-cited forms of negligence in car accident claims.
When an individual drives drunk, he or she puts him- or herself and all others on the roadway in danger. Alcohol lowers an individual’s inhibition, impairs his or her judgment, and makes it difficult to perceive the lines on the road and any hazards that are present. Because of the dangers that drunk drivers pose to others, it is illegal for an individual to operate a motor vehicle if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher in Illinois and the rest of the United States and driving under the influence (DUI) is a common cause for collisions.
The posted speed limits exist to protect motorists and pedestrians. When an individual drives faster than the posted speed limit, he or she puts others in danger of being involved in a collision because he or she is moving at a much quicker speed than others on that road and may not be able to react to road conditions and expected hazards in time to avoid an accident.
Other violations of traffic laws, such as running a red light, failing to yield, and merging incorrectly pose an accident hazard to other motorists and pedestrians.
Distracted driving has existed for as long as cars have existed, but cell and smart phone use by drivers in the course of operating a vehicle has increased the incidence of collision as a result of distracted driving. Talking on the phone, text messaging, using a smartphone to navigate, and browsing the web or social media platforms while driving all take a driver’s eyes and attention off the road, causing risk of harm to all on the road.
Other types of distracted driving include eating while driving, acting out to music playing on the car radio, and grooming while driving.
Studies have shown that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. When an individual has not had an adequate amount of sleep, he or she can overlook hazards in the road, fail to react to other drivers in time, fail to maintain his or her speed or lane, or even fall asleep behind the wheel.
It is very difficult to test when an individual is too tired to drive as the tolerance of “tired driving” differs from individual to individual. Although you cannot remove drowsy drivers from the road, you can make it a point to always be well rested before you drive and stop for breaks, snacks, and coffee on the road as needed.
Even if you take care to avoid the behaviors listed above, you can still be injured in an accident with a negligent driver. In a case like this, work with an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer to seek the compensation you need for your damages. Schedule your initial legal consultation with The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey today to get started with our firm.
Thomas A. Morrissey is an experienced personal injury lawyer, trusted to protect the rights of those who have suffered an injury in the Chicagoland area.
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