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Five common causes of car accidents

| Jul 6, 2020 | Personal Injury

Commuting to the office is just a part of the daily routine for many in Illinois’ Quad Cities. However, an ordinary commute can turn disastrous if you are involved in a car crash. The following are some common causes of car accidents.

  • Human error: Drivers are only human. They have a duty to always drive reasonably under the circumstances. However, carelessness or ignoring traffic rules and regulations can breach this duty, causing a car crash for which the negligent driver may be held accountable.
  • Distracted driving: Cellphone use while driving has gained a lot of public attention lately. However, cellphone use is not the only way a driver can be distracted. Tuning the radio, daydreaming, talking to passengers, eating and grooming while driving are all behaviors that can take either your hands off the wheel, eyes off the road and attention off the task of driving, leading to a car crash.
  • Drunk driving: We know that those with a blood-alcohol concentration above the legal limit of 0.08% are a danger behind the wheel, as they no longer have the mental and physical capacity to safely operate an automobile. However, even those with a BAC below the legal limit can be impaired enough to cause a car crash. It may be safe to say that any alcohol consumption should be avoided if you plan on driving.
  • Drowsy driving: There are many reasons a person may be too tired to drive safely. Those who work night shifts or who must drive long distances can easily become fatigued. In addition, certain prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause drowsiness. Driving when you are too tired to do so safely can easily lead to car accidents.
  • Failing to maintain your vehicle: All vehicles go through normal wear-and-tear. For example, tires must be replaced, brakes must be maintained, and oil must be changed periodically. It is the owner of the car that is responsible for upkeep on the vehicle. If a car accident is caused because one vehicle was not properly maintained, it could lead to a legal claim.

Ultimately, if a driver in the Peoria area causes a car accident that injures another person, they could face liability through a personal injury claim. Attorneys in Illinois can help their clients pursue the compensation they deserve. A comprehensive assessment of the facts of your case can help when it comes to developing an effective legal strategy.