Pascoe Law FirmCauses of Car Accidents
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Causes of Car Accidents in Texas
Auto Accidents Have a Multitude of Causes
Driver Error Contributing to Car Wrecks
There are many factors that contribute to driver error. That being said, most of them can be tied to poor decision making. Our Houston auto accident attorney knows that every action that you make behind the wheel can increase or reduce the risk of an accident. Unfortunately, sometimes you are placed at risk entirely due to another person’s actions completely out of your control. The causes of driver error include, but are not limited to the following:
- Failure to see others — Many accidents happen when drivers don’t check their blind spot or fail to see another vehicle or pedestrian on the road.
- Speeding and tailgating — These errors are related to the impatience of drivers or driving over the speed limit and unable to properly control their vehicle. Studies have shown that excessive speeds are a major factor in the severity of injuries suffered in accidents.
- Distracted Drivers —the connective technologies such as cell phones or vehicle navigation systems offered in many new vehicles commonly cause distractions for drivers. The majority of reported accidents in recent years have involved some degree of driver distraction. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the State of Texas had 12,660 car accidents that are contributed to distraction in vehicle. Sadly, 449 people died from distracted drivers in Texas. Many, believe that distracted driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.
- Drunk driving — Despite public awareness campaigns that go back decades, drunk driving continues to be a serious cause of auto injury and death. In 2017, there were 1,024 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol in Texas. This is 28% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
Mechanical Failure or Defective Design Causing Auto Accidents
Auto manufacturers and parts suppliers may be held accountable when their products do not work as intended or when a poor product design causes a failure that leads to an accident. Automotive recalls have made the headlines on a consistent basis in recent year due to the numerous flaws and defects discovered in vital automotive systems. It is also the responsibility of drivers to properly maintain their vehicles in order to reduce the risk of mechanical failure. Many lives are lost or changed forever in catastrophic accidents due to the failure of these parts. Examples include the following:
- Steering and suspension system failures — The loss of steering control can be devastating as the driver of the affected vehicle suddenly loses control. A system failure can result in single vehicle accidents when the vehicle strikes an object or building or multi-vehicle accidents when the car travels into oncoming traffic or across multiple lanes.
- Tire and brake failures — The tires are the only part of your vehicle to touch the ground, so it is important that your tires have a firm grip on the pavement. Poorly inflated tires can lose traction and tire defects can cause the tire to blowout without notice, forcing the driver to take evasive action to avoid an accident. Maintaining your brakes is just as important, as a defect in the brake line system or over worn brake pads can inhibit your ability to stop.
There are occasions when the roads or environment become hazardous to drivers including road construction, the failure of local governments to maintain their roads, poorly designed intersections, malfunctioning traffic control devices and more. Some of the most common man-made hazards include the following.
- Poorly maintained roads — Roads riddled with potholes and uneven pavement caused by neglect can increase the potential for accidents. Many of these accidents result when the road hazard causes a vehicle mechanical failure, such as when a pothole blows out an unsuspecting driver’s tire.
- Roads with inaccurate or incorrect signage — Failing to display the correct signage for construction zones or mark one-way streets can influence driving behavior and place construction workers and travelers in perilous positions.
- Malfunctioning traffic lights — Some accidents at intersections occur when the light is out or malfunctioning. Heavy traffic traveling through a malfunctioning light only increases the risk that drivers will collide with one another.
- Heavy construction equipment — Construction zones are dangerous for passing motorists and workers repairing the roads. If machine operators back into the path of traffic, serious injuries can result.
The many hazards on our roads and the volume of traffic make car accidents inevitable for many drivers. Even the most skilled drivers can be involved in a wreck with another motorist, despite taking every recommended step to drive cautiously. Appreciating potential risks is required to help keep the roads safe.
Weather Conditions and Road Safety
Our Houston auto injury lawyer cannot stress how important it is for drivers to act with caution during adverse weather conditions. The weather can play a large role in car accidents by increasing stopping distances, making it more difficult to identify hazards and affecting the ability of drivers to operate vehicles safely. The most common weather hazards that influence car accidents include the following.
- Rain and flooding — One of the most common causes of accidents in this area is due to slick roads from rain storms. Many drivers don’t realize just how hazardous rain can be while driving. In addition to making roads slippery, it reduces visibility and can challenge some drivers who have difficulty seeing. Excessive rain can also flood the roads, causing vehicles to hydroplane or kick water onto others’ windshields
- Heavy fog — The presence of fog greatly reduces your visibility and many fog related accidents result from the combination of poor visibility and speeds that are excessive for conditions. When you are driving through fog, reducing your speed may just save your life.
- Ice and snow — One proven fact about ice or snows in Texas is that many Texans forget how to drive completely. In addition to increasing the stopping distance of vehicles on the road, snow and ice can impact the ability to maintain directional control. Bridges and elevated roads are more likely to be covered in ice and can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.
- Morning Sun and evening glare —Glare from the sun can also be considered a weather hazard when motorists drive into the sun during their morning or evening commute. If the sun is at the right angle it can blind or distract a driver preventing them from seeing what is right in front of their vehicle.
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