Car accidents can lead to severe injuries and lifelong disabilities. Every year, thousands of people throughout Pennsylvania are injured in motor vehicle collisions, most of which could have been prevented by careful driving or following the rules of the road. Indeed, car crash fatalities are the No. 1 cause of death for individuals between the ages of 2 and 34. Some factors that can contribute to crashes include mechanical problems, road issues, wildlife and poor weather.
Still, many other auto accidents are caused by dangerous or negligent actions, including drunk, drowsy and distracted driving. Over 30% of all fatal accidents in 2013 were linked to drivers under the influence. Distracted driving has been a particularly significant concern with the rise in popularity of the smartphone. People often text surf the internet or use social media while they are behind the wheel. In case of a sudden change in road conditions, distracted drivers may have little time to adjust. Thousands of serious car crashes every year are attributed to texting while driving and other forms of distraction.
In addition, failure to follow the rules of the road is another common cause of car crashes. Speeding makes it more likely that a driver will crash or be unable to correct their movement in a dangerous situation. Going through red lights and stop signs can also cause dangerous T-bone crashes. Other factors, like failing to use headlights in the dark, can also contribute to severe accidents.
Far too many motor vehicle accidents are caused by dangerous and negligent driving that leaves long-term, serious costs. An individual who has been injured in a crash caused by someone else can consult with a personal injury lawyer about pursuing compensation for their damages.