What is behind many car accidents?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2019 | Personal Injury

When a person is driving down New Jersey roads and they see an automobile accident, it’s understandable that they are interested in knowing what it caused the accident. There are a lot of factors that come into play, including human error and distracted driving.

Law enforcement officials, governmental agencies and insurance companies are interested in knowing the reasons behind accidents. This allows them to assign liability for an accident or determine who is legally responsible.

A number of accidents are caused by people falling asleep behind the wheel or suffering from a medical condition. A driver who has a heart attack, suffers a stroke or is dealing with another condition that can affect their vision has a greater chance of getting into a serious accident than an individual who is completely healthy. There are a number of medical conditions that can happen unexpectedly. That being said, there are steps that drivers can take to protect themselves. For example, if a driver does not feel well, if they have had illnesses in the past that can impact their driving or even if they simply forgot their eyeglasses at home, it may be in their best interests to find someone else to drive for them.

A number of automobile accidents happen because a person is not familiar with the area where they are driving or they do not understand the laws of the road in a new state. Accidentally turning down a one-way street, turning right on red in an area where it’s not allowed, or turning into the wrong direction of traffic on the freeway are all circumstances that can cause serious accidents.

Regardless of why an accident happens, the effect it has on victims can be devastating. An individual who is the victim of an automobile accident may want to speak to a personal injury attorney to help them in determining what compensation, if any, they are due. The attorney may interact with insurance companies, speak to doctors and work with law enforcement in gathering the needed information for the case.