Four Ways that Negligent Drivers Can Cause Car Accidents

Car accidents are often attributable to another driver’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence while operating a motor vehicle on the roadway.

Motor vehicle drivers owe a duty of reasonable care to all other drivers on the road. More specifically, motor vehicle drivers owe a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonable, careful, and prudent manner for the road conditions then-and-there existing. When a driver fails to do so and a motor vehicle accident results, that driver can be held responsible for all resulting injuries and damages.

If you have been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under California law. The Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg can review all of the facts and circumstances of your case with you and can help you to obtain the monetary compensation you need and deserve.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

While car accidents may be caused by a variety of factors, four of the most common causes of California car accidents include the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to obey signs and traffic control devices
  • Driving too fast for the roadway conditions
  • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Distracted Driving

According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 1,200 people per day are injured in motor vehicle collisions caused by distracted drivers in the United States.

While distracted driving can take many forms, one of the most common types of distracted driving is cell phone use – including cell phone calls or texting while driving. These types of activities distract drivers from what should be their single highest priority: keeping their eyes, ears, and minds on the roadway in front of them. Other common distractions while driving may include roughhousing in the car or playing loud music while driving.

Disobeying or Disregarding Traffic Signs, Signals, and Roadway Markings

All roadway signs and signals, including traffic signals, railroad crossing signals, stop signs, and speed limit signs, among others, are intended to let drivers know of an impending danger. Roadway signs are truly ‘signs of life.’ The California Vehicle Code spells out all of the rules of the road for California drivers.

Driving too Fast for Roadway Conditions

Wet roadway surfaces, construction zones, potholes and other hazardous roadway conditions can lead to car crashes. Drivers must remain vigilant while behind the wheel and must take all of these external forces into account when operating their motor vehicles.

Driving a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

Drug and alcohol consumption can seriously impair a driver’s reaction time, thereby limiting one’s ability to drive safely and carefully. It also affects a driver’s depth and distance perception while driving. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol creates a hazard for all other drivers operating their vehicles on the roadway at that time.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, it is essential that you seek legal representation as soon as possible, as you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries and damages.

To speak with an experienced car accident lawyer, call us today at 818-591-8058 or contact us online.