Human error is one of the main causes of car accidents. Human error may stem from negligence, carelessness, or recklessness. Some examples of human errors that lead to car accidents include being distracted by your phone or the radio, not checking your blind spot before merging into another lane, and driving while drunk.
Knowing what the main causes of car accidents are, may help you be more vigilant on the road and look out for potential hazards. If you were not able to avoid an accident and are looking to pursue compensation, knowing what could have caused your car accident may help you find out if someone could be held liable for damages.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the main causes of car accidents in Pennsylvania include distracted driving, reckless driving, intoxicated driving, poorly designed roads and intersections, speeding, and teen driving.
Speeding Is One of the Main Causes of Car Accidents
Speeding is considered a form of reckless driving because it can increase the severity of a crash. The faster a vehicle travels, the greater the force of impact. The more forceful the impact is, the greater the chance of serious injury or death. If a speeding driver caused your car accident, they could be held responsible for your injuries and other damages.
A car accident claim could help you collect compensation from the person responsible for your accident. You could receive a settlement from their insurance company or a financial award from court. If the speeding accident resulted in the death of a loved one, you may also be able to pursue compensation for wrongful death damages, such as costs for funeral and burial expenses and loss of consortium.
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A Car Accident Can Negatively Affect Your Life
Car accidents can cause severe physical injuries. However, physical injuries are not the only kind of injuries a person might experience after a car accident. Mental injuries, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may develop after their accident because the event traumatized the victim. Beyond injuries, a person may experience several financial losses, which could affect their work, means of travel, or ability to support themselves and/or their loved ones.
A serious injury accident can bring on the following losses:
- Physical pain
- Mental distress
- Permanent injury
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Reduced earning capacity
Financial losses may include medical costs, transportation expenses, vehicle repair costs, and lost income. Physical and mental recovery can take months or years, which could rack up in treatment costs.
A lawyer may be able to help you build a case to hold the at-fault party accountable for your damages.
A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Build Your Case
The cause of your car accident may help you determine who was to blame. For example, if defective tires caused your accident, you can narrow down the search for the liable party to a mechanic or a tire manufacturer.
A car accident lawyer can help you figure out what caused your accident and who could be held liable for it. A lawyer can also help you in other ways, starting with beginning an investigation into the cause of your accident. They can look for evidence to help you prove what caused your accident.
Your lawyer can also help you by:
- Collecting relevant evidence that shows who and what caused the accident
- Assisting you with obtaining medical evidence to prove your injuries and medical damages
- Filling out and filing claim paperwork
- Calculating your claim’s total value by adding up all of your losses
- Handling communications with insurance companies on your behalf
- Working to negotiate a settlement with the insurer
- Taking your case to court if a settlement cannot be reached
If you are not sure what caused your car accident, a lawyer can help you investigate. You do not have to handle a car accident claim on your own.
Speak with the Legal Team at Berger and Green
Now that you know some of the main causes of car accidents, you might be interested in building a personal injury case if you or a loved one was injured in a car accident.
Dealing with the aftermath of an accident is stressful and overwhelming, but it is not something you have to do on your own. You can hire a car accident lawyer to help you pursue compensation for damages you incurred after a car accident.
Call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 to reach our firm and get a free case consultation. Do not wait too long to call, though. According to 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5524, Pennsylvania gives you only two years to bring a claim for a car accident.