Causes of Car Collisions
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Virginia Beach
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What Causes Car Accidents in VA Beach?
There are many factors that can cause a car accident. The following list contains some of the more common and dangerous factors that lead to a car accident that results in serious injuries:
- Distracted Driving – Many people think that they can use their cell phones and drive at the same time. The truth is that they can’t. At least not safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in a single recent year, 3,477 people died and 391,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents. Between smaller vehicles like motorcycles, pedestrians, bicycles, and electric scooters, one small distracted can end up in tragedy. Other activities such as eating, applying makeup, and managing passengers are also frequent sources of distraction. Distracted driving accidents are preventable. Children can often cause distractions when traveling, using apps and games can help minimize the risks of traveling with children.
- Driving While Intoxicated – Drugs and alcohol don’t mix with heavy equipment, especially when that equipment is moving at a high rate of speed. Unfortunately, all the training and statistics in the world don’t stop some people from thinking that they can get away with it. Drunk driving alone is responsible for over 10,000 deaths per year. Many of the victims are people who weren’t drinking and driving. They were just on the road at the wrong time.
- Speeding or Driving Too Fast for Conditions – An automobile is a heavy and powerful piece of equipment. It’s up to drivers to use them responsibly. Many drivers don’t. They exceed speed limits and drive too fast for road conditions. When they do, they endanger their lives, those of their passengers, and those of everyone else on the road. Not only can speeding increase the risk of a crash, it can also make the resulting injuries much worse.
- Impatient and Reckless Driving – We all have places to be, but some people don’t want to wait. They disregard their safety and that of others on the road to move a little faster. In Virginia, reckless driving is a misdemeanor and can result in jail time. It can also cause serious accidents that result in severe injuries.
- Failure to Stop or Yield – When drivers encounter stop signs or red stop lights, they’re required to come to a complete stop. When drivers ignore the rules of the road, injuries and deaths can result from catastrophic collisions at intersections. Virginia is working to stop these types of accidents with red light cameras and increased enforcement.
- Fatigued or Drowsy Driving – It can be hard to tell when an accident has been caused by fatigue or drowsiness. Drivers may not admit to falling asleep at the wheel, but the statistics speak for themselves. According to NHTSA, there were at least 846 fatalities on U.S. roads directly linked to drowsy driving in one recent year. Fatigued or drowsy driving can be caused by medication or a simple lack of sleep. Drinking a cup of coffee isn’t enough to keep drivers awake on the road. When drowsy drivers get behind the wheel, it puts their lives at risk along with everyone else on the road. The truck driver shortage has been leading to an increase in accidents across the United States too due longing long hours and bypassing federal regulation.
- Weather Conditions – Drivers caught in heavy rain or dense fog may fail to slow down and take the precautions they need to based on the conditions. Those caught in a snowstorm or icy conditions may not understand how the slick road surface will affect braking and steering. It’s important for drivers in dangerous weather to leave extra time and space so they can slow down before a stop and make safe turns. Too often they don’t take the necessary extra precautions.
- Tailgating or Following Too Closely – Drivers often go too fast and don’t leave enough space between their car and the vehicle in front of them. Following too closely gives a driver too little reaction time to brake in many cases. Tailgating can cause accidents that result in whiplash, broken bones, and worse. Be sure to leave at least three seconds of travel time between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Construction Conditions – Road construction can radically alter a road’s surface, turn lanes, and traffic flow. All too often, when drivers are going down a familiar road, they assume that they’ll know how to handle their vehicle. This may not be the case. Construction can change everything a driver knows about a stretch of road. The construction work alone can change a road beyond recognition. Failure of road crews to adequately mark the changes can lead to disaster.
We’ll Fight for You After a Car Accident in Virginia Beach
Vehicle accidents are often tragic and usually preventable. On the road, your life and the lives of your loved ones could be lost or damaged forever. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a crash that was someone else’s fault, such as a rideshare driver, it’s important to get the help you need now. At Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C., we’ve dealt with all types of vehicle accidents. We know how tough they can be.
We represent vehicle accident victims in Virginia Beach, throughout the Tidewater area and beyond, including Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton and Chesapeake. We understand the challenges of car crash claims and the terrible effects they’ve had on clients and their families. We know how to take your claim from start to finish. We know how to fight for you. If you have been injured in a crash, you need to focus on healing. We’ll focus on the claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.