Causes of Car Accidents
The number of car accidents on Connecticut roads is increasing, largely because many drivers do not take the care they used to behind the wheel. In addition, there are more ways for humans to commit errors than before due to technology and other factors. Below are some common causes of car accidents in Manchester and Connecticut. If you need to discuss a specific crash, contact our Manchester car accident lawyers directly.
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There are more things these days competing for drivers’ attention besides the road. Motorists always tried to multitask with the car running, but mobile phones have taken it to a whole new level.
Now, drivers often text and check their email, even though it is strictly illegal. Add to this the usual distractions such as eating and conversation, and you have far more inattentive drivers than ever.
Traffic is also worse than ever, and it seems like drivers are always on their last nerve. Motorists who want to get somewhere quickly can speed and tailgate, which takes away from their ability to react. Other drivers cannot control their road rage, and they lose the ability to exercise good judgment. Motorists who speed and weave in and out of traffic increase the risk of an accident for everyone.
People are often shocked when they hear how dangerous fatigued driving really is. The truth is that it can be just as deadly as drunk driving without the laws to stop drivers from doing it. Motorists who go 20 hours without sleeping are the equivalent to someone who drives with a .08 blood alcohol level. The loss of reflexes and slower reaction times are very similar. Each year, drowsy driving crashes cause hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries.
Driving conditions may be less than optimal, especially in the Connecticut winter. Snow, ice, and low visibility can contribute to drivers’ losing control of their vehicles. Even when the roads are slippery, drivers must still exercise due care under the circumstances.
No matter what the road conditions are, drivers are legally responsible for causing accidents. If anything, they need to be even more careful in bad weather. What may be reasonable driving in good conditions can be negligence in adverse weather.
Defective Car Parts
The car itself may be to blame for an accident, whether it is the vehicle itself or the part. When a defective car is the cause of your accident, you can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. These lawsuits are complicated, but they can result in substantial financial compensation for accident victims. You would need to show that there were one of the following defects:
- Marketing (failure to warn of known problems)
Experienced Manchester Car Accident Attorneys Helping Injured Clients
The hardest part of an accident claim is learning and providing the cause of the crash. This is where the Manchester car accident lawyers at Berman & Russo can help you. Call us today at (860) 644-1548 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation where we will discuss your case.