Common Causes of Goldsboro Car Accidents
At the law offices of Riddle & Brantley LLP, we understand that the circumstances of every collision are unique and that the effects of those collisions can affect more than just the injury victim.
However, it’s important to note that many collisions have common root causes that can help determine which party is responsible for the crash. In fact, did you know that most auto accidents are the result of driver negligence and could have been avoided?
With this in mind, some of the most common causes of accidents that cause injury include:
The faster a vehicle is moving, the less reaction time a driver has to avoid a collision. Speed has been a contributing factor to approximately 1/3 of vehicle crashes and fatalities over the past ten years. In addition to slowing reaction times, excessive speed can cause an crash to be much more severe than it would have been if the driver were following the speed limits.
Aggressive or Reckless Driving
Drivers who operate their vehicles in an aggressive or reckless manner can put every other driver on the road in danger. Individuals who drive aggressively tend to disregard traffic laws as well as general common sense. Some signs of an aggressive driver include:
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Weaving between lanes
- Failing to use turn signals
- Rude gestures or road rage
- Disregarding traffic signals or rules of the road
Many states, including North Carolina, define aggressive driving by statute and allow for additional penalties to be imposed on an aggressive driver.
The most well-known cause of distracted driving is cell phone use or texting while driving. While these activities make up the bulk of crashes caused by distracted driving, other activities which take a driver’s activity away from the road are dangerous as well. Children, pets, eating and drinking, smoking, or adjusting the radio have all been cited as distractions which caused crashes in the Goldsboro area.
Driving Under the Influence
Drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol cause almost a third of all fatal car crashes. These collisions could have been avoided by simply designating a sober driver or taking a taxi. Collisions caused by impaired drivers often lead to lawsuits based on that driver’s gross negligence.
In addition to the causes listed above, many crashes occur as a result of fatigue, bad weather, animals crossing the road, construction zones, failing to obey traffic signals, or simple carelessness. Some crashes occur due to malfunctions in the vehicle itself.
The attorneys at Riddle & Brantley, LLP work with traffic investigators and collision reconstructionists to determine the exact cause of your collision. Our attorneys keep investigating your collision until we are positive about which party is responsible for your crash.
Need Help? Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys Today
Auto accidents, while common, can be life-changing experienced. If you have been injured in a crash, it’s important to find a trusted lawyer with proven results to help protect your rights.
Once you have been treated for your injuries, contact the personal injury attorneys at Riddle & Brantley, LLP for your 100% FREE consultation.
Our experienced Goldsboro auto collision lawyers have decades of experience and believe that the negligent driver who caused your collision should be responsible for their actions.
We have worked to get our clients all types of damages after a collision, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Funeral expenses
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash that was caused by another motorist, call Riddle & Brantley, LLP at (800) 525-7111, or use our contact form to receive a free case evaluation from one of our knowledgeable auto accident attorneys.