Causes of Auto Accidents

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When operating motor vehicles, drivers are required to pay their full time and attention to the road and to obey safe driving rules. But every day, innocent people are injured when drivers choose to engage in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. At ChasenBoscolo, we’re here to help determine what caused your car crash and hold the negligent driver accountable for your injuries and losses.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident involving any kind of company vehicle—such as a delivery van, limousine, or commercial truck—you should call a lawyer immediately. Why? Most corporations have a team of lawyers whose only job is to pay accident victims like you as little as possible for their injuries. And in some cases, they may even try to turn the fault of the accident around on you. Don’t let that happen. Learn how to protect your rights in the event of an accident.

How do you know if it’s a company vehicle? Most of them have a logo on the side or the driver may wear a uniform. It’s always a good idea to ask. Commercial vehicles can range from small city cars to large highway trucks. Regardless of their size, their drivers all have a responsibility to adhere to the rules of the road. When they don’t, innocent people can get injured—or even killed. In a perfect world, the at-fault company would take responsibility for the accident and compensate you for both your injuries and for your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, very few do the right thing.

That’s why you need ChasenBoscolo on your side. We’ll hold the at-fault company accountable. If you or someone you care about has been injured by a company vehicle—don’t go it alone. Call us instead. We’ll stand up to the insurance company and work to get you every dollar you deserve.

You shouldn’t have to pay for expensive medical bills when an accident wasn’t your fault. Call our Maryland car accident lawyers at (800) 322-3380, or fill out a free contact request form to get started with your claim today. The consultation is free, and our No Fee Guarantee® means that you won’t pay us attorney’s fees unless you recover compensation.

Most Common Car Accident Causes in the United States

Every car crash case is different. But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the eight most common causes of car accidents are:

  • Driver inattention (distracted driving)
  • Speeding
  • Alcohol / Drugs (driving under the influence)
  • Sleepiness (drowsy driving)
  • Driver illness or blackout
  • Vehicle defects
  • Obscured vision
  • Evasive maneuvers (such as swerving to avoid a road hazard)

Depending on the data analyzed, these eight factors are responsible for up to 87 percent of car accidents in the United States. Other factors, such as environmental conditions, aggressive driving and roadway defects may also contribute to car accidents—but the extent of their involvement is more difficult to gauge.

Car Accidents Caused by Speeding

Speeding decreases the amount of time drivers have to react to hazardous conditions and increases the forces involved in car accidents. Speeding often accompanies other dangerous driving behaviors, such as tailgating, failing to yield, aggressive driving and unsafe lane changing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is involved in about 1 of every 3 fatal car crashes.

Drunk Driving Car Accidents

Alcohol, narcotics and even prescription drugs can reduce drivers’ coordination, concentration and perception behind the wheel. And the injuries caused by impaired drivers can be devastating.

Research has shown that crash severity increases with higher alcohol involvement rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 30 people die in car crashes caused by alcohol-impaired drivers in the United States every day. In addition, up to 30 percent of all fatal car crashes involve alcohol-impaired drivers.

Distracted Driving Car Accidents

According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, each year, nearly 30,000 drivers are injured and almost 300 people are killed in distracted driving car accidents in Maryland. Younger drivers are especially susceptible to distractions while driving. Drivers under age 20 represent the largest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.

Common distractions that can lead to car accidents include:

  • Changing radio stations, CDs or MP3s
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming
  • Reading
  • Talking to passengers
  • Texting while driving
  • Using cell phones
  • Using navigation systems
  • Watching videos

From noisy kids to spilled drinks, drivers can face many different types of distractions in the car, but cell phones are by far the biggest killers. The risk of having an accident is 23 times greater if you text while driving.

Driving and Cellphone Use in Maryland

In Maryland, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving unless you use a hands-free device. Talking on the phone while driving in Maryland is now a primary offense—meaning you can be pulled over and fined if law enforcement sees you using a cell phone while driving. For your first offense, you will be fined $83 plus court costs. Your second offense will cost you $140, and each subsequent offense will cost $160.

If it is an emergency, you can use a cell phone or text message to contact 911. Otherwise, it is illegal to write, send or read text messages while driving in Maryland. Texting while driving in Maryland is a misdemeanor crime for which you can be pulled over, charged and fined up to $500 if convicted.

Our Maryland auto accident attorneys can investigate your accident and determine if the other driver was distracted. Then, we’ll collect evidence to build a strong claim. It’s our goal to get you the money you’re owed for your medical bills and lost wages.

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers

At ChasenBoscolo, our car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience fighting for injured victims in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Before you take on your claim alone, give us a call today. We know all about different types of auto accident causes, and we’re here to protect your rights to the compensation you need to get better.