Common Causes Of Car Accidents and Injuries

Common Causes Of Car Accidents and Injuries

Common Causes Of Car Accidents and Injuries

By Jan Hoen

Even the safest and most experienced of drivers can find themselves involved in car accidents, with damages that could be severe. While road, traffic, and weather conditions are often contributing factors, the majority are due to the reckless conduct of other drivers. When this happens to you or someone you love, it is important to be aware of your rights to compensation.

Dangerous Driving Behaviors That Result In Car Accidents

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, killing as many as 40,000 people while causing potentially serious injuries for roughly 2.5 million others. Unfortunately, most of these accidents could have been prevented. The III reports that reckless and negligent behavior on the part of one of the drivers is most often to blame for car accidents and injuries, the most common of which include:

  • Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
  • Aggressive driving, such as tailgating or failing to yield;
  • Running red lights and disobeying traffic signals;
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Distracted driving, which includes using cellphones and texting;
  • Driving while excessively fatigued, or falling asleep behind the wheel.

Drivers who engage in these types of behaviors may also face criminal penalties, in addition to being liable for any injuries or property damages that occur.

Holding Dangerous Drivers Accountable When Accidents Occur

When you suffer injuries as the result of the reckless actions of another, you may be entitled to compensation through an insurance claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not generally forthcoming in settling claims, and it may be a struggle to get the compensation you are entitled to. Ways in which the insurance company may attempt to dispute your claim include:

  • Downplaying the extent of your injuries;
  • Underestimating the total cost to repair or replace your vehicle;
  • Not taking into consideration any future medical costs or lost wages you may suffer;
  • Attempting to shift responsibility or a portion of the blame on you for the accident occurring.

In these types of cases, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Under Section 8.01-243 of the Code of Virginia, you have up to two years after your accident to file your claim in court.

Contact Our Virginia Car Accident Attorney

If you suffer injuries as the result of a car accident, contact Hampton Injury Law, PLC before making any statements to the insurance company or accepting any settlements. Our experienced Virginia car accident attorney can advise you on the best course of action to get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. Call or contact our office online and request a free consultation today.

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