Our dedicated attorneys hold negligent drivers accountable
More than 6 million motor vehicle accidents happened on U.S. roads in 2014 alone. Those accidents resulted in 32, 675 people losing their lives and another 2.34 million injured. At the Larson Law Firm, P.C. in Minot, North Dakota, our compassionate car accident attorneys help victims and families weather the trying times following serious car accidents with injuries.
Common causes of car accidents
Car manufacturers are installing new and technologically advanced systems in their vehicles to make them safer. Braking systems that slow or stop a vehicle automatically when the driver fails to do so and driver warning systems that alert motorists to vehicles and other dangers ahead of them in time to apply a car’s brakes can help to avoid rear-end collisions.
No matter what technology car makers develop, driver behavior remains a leading cause of car accidents, according to a study by the federal government. The study found that something done by a driver was responsible for an accident in 94 percent of the cases it studied. Some driver behaviors that cause car accidents include:
- Distracted Driving: Any activity that diverts a motorist’s attention away from the task of driving is distracted driving. Distracted driving is a factor. Texting and driving, talking on a cell phone, eating food and adjusting the radio prevent a driver from focusing on the road. Sending a text message takes an average of 4.6 seconds. During that time, a car driven at 40 mph would travel almost 300 feet.
- Excessive Speed: Traveling above the posted speed limit is dangerous. A driver’s time to react to traffic and road conditions is reduced by the speed at which a car is traveling. Speeding becomes even more dangerous when combined with environmental conditions such as rain and snow.
- Drunk Driving: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 28 people die every day in car accidents in which at least one driver was impaired by alcohol.
- Failing to Obey Traffic Control Devices: Drivers who run red lights or who fail to obey stop signs are the cause of side-impact collisions at intersections and pose a risk of harm to pedestrians attempting to cross the street.
- Unsafe Lane Changes: Changing lanes without taking the time to look to see if it is safe to do so is a leading cause of sideswipe collisions. Failing to signal a lane change is another reason for car accidents caused by two vehicles attempt to enter a lane at the same time.
- Tailgating: The closer a car is to the one in front of it, the less time a driver has to react to sudden stops to avoid a collision. Tailgating is a leading cause of rear-end car accidents and multiple-car collisions.
- Fatigue and Drowsiness: Drivers who fail to pull off the road when they are tired, fatigued and drowsy pose a danger to themselves and to other motorists and pedestrians. Fatigue can slow a driver’s reflexes and lengthen reaction times. A tired driver might not be able to react quickly enough to slowing traffic and cause a rear-end collision.
Our Minot car accident attorneys focus on accident causes to identify negligent parties. Sometimes, our investigation reveals evidence pointing to automotive defects or poorly designed or maintained roadways as the cause of an accident. When this happens, we pursue your claim for damages against the individuals or entities whose conduct makes them liable.
Contact our skilled Minot car accident attorneys for a free consultation if you have been injured in a car accident
The Minot car accident lawyers at Larson Law Firm, P.C. have the knowledge and the resources available to determine the cause of your accident. We are committed to your wellbeing. Let us handle the insurance company adjusters and investigators as you focus on recovering from your injuries and healing. Call us today at 701-484-HURT or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.