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If you have been injured in a car accident, you probably have many questions about your legal rights. Injury Trial Lawyers, APC is here to answer your questions and get you the compensation you deserve.
We have over 20 years of combined experience fighting insurance companies to make sure our clients receive a fair settlement. If the insurance company won’t offer a reasonable settlement that includes medical expenses and lost wages, then our skilled car accident attorneys are prepared to fight in court on your behalf. Your top priority after an auto collision should be taking care of yourself and your family – leave the rest to us.
Call us today to discuss your case. 1-888-406-7163. The initial consultation is free and we get nothing unless we win your case.
Causes of Auto Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, from 2005 to 2007 an estimated 94% of the time the critical reason for crashes can be assigned to the driver, while the remaining 6% of the time the critical reason for a crash is split among the vehicle, environmental, and unknown conditions.
When the reason for a crash was assigned to the driver, about 41% of the time the NHTSA classified the reason as a recognition error, 33% decision error, and 11% performance error with remainder as non-performance error or other error.
Recognition errors include:
- driver inattention,
- internal and external distractions, and
- inadequate surveillance.
Decision errors include:
- driving too fast for conditions,
- driving too fast for a curve,
- false assumption of others’ actions,
- illegal maneuvers, and
- misjudgment of gap or others’ speed.
Performance errors include:
- overcompensation and poor directional control.
- Falling asleep was the most common non-performance error.
In 2013, the NHTSA estimates that “distraction-affected” crashes accounted for 10% of all fatal crashes and 18% of all injury crashes. Of those “distraction-affected” crashes, 14% of the fatalities involved cell phone use (an increase of 6.7% since 2012) and 8% of the injuries involved cell phone use (an increase of 21% since 2012).
In 2013, the NHTSA also estimated that an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes and accounted for 31% of motor vehicle fatalities nationwide.
DO’S AND DON’TS AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
If you have been involved in an auto collision, remember the following tips:
- Stop: State law requires that you stop after a car crash. Failing to do so is a hit and run and carries severe penalties.
- Exchange Info: Make sure you exchange drivers licenses, insurance and contact information.
- Give Reasonable Assistance: State law requires you to give “reasonable” assistance. Reasonable is defined as what a reasonable person would do under those circumstances.
- Report the Accident: Make sure you call the State Highway Patrol or the local police to inform them of the accident.
- Do Not Admit Fault: After an accident, you may be disoriented and think it was your fault. Before making statements against interest, it’s best to wait until your attorney conducts an independent investigation so you can understand what really happened.
- Sign the Ticket: If you get a ticket at the scene of the accident, make sure you sign it. You are not admitting guilt by signing the ticket.
- Seek Legal Advice: Discussing your case with our qualified car crash lawyers can greatly increase your chance of receiving a fair settlement. Remember, the insurance company has a team of lawyers whose sole goal is to minimize your compensation. Let us fight them for you.