The other car comes out of nowhere as you come around a corner, driving into your lane and slamming into the front of your vehicle. You were on the way to the business you've spent 10 years building, and now you're in the hospital, trying to recover and hoping you can work again. As the medical bills mount and you wonder how your company will do without you, a question keeps nagging at your mind: Could the accident have been prevented?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Human error causes most crashes, and drivers who work hard to avoid these mistakes can reduce the number of wrecks every year. While things like mechanical failure do play a role, here are five reasons for accidents that could be eliminated:
A lot of people follow way too close without even realizing it. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is dangerous because no one has enough time to react, and a chain reaction crash can happen in seconds.
Your accident may have been caused by a distracted driver who didn't see the curve in the road and drove into your lane. Drivers are often distracted while talking to friends, texting on their phones, watching the GPS and doing many other activities while they drive.
3. Aggressive driving
Speeding isn't always aggressive driving - going 75 on the freeway, with the cruise on, is technically illegal (in a 55 m.p.h. zone) but not overly aggressive - but you know a reckless driver when you see one. He or she is swerving in and out of traffic, driving too close to other cars and abruptly speeding up and slowing down. Some people drive like this all of the time, and they're a huge risk, whether they realize it or not.
4. Ignoring traffic signals
Accidents happen frequently when drivers run red lights or stop signs. Sometimes they simply don't see the signs at all. Other times they try to run through the yellow light and get there too late. Either way, this causes accidents because drivers on the other roads trust the traffic signals and may pull right out into the car's path, assuming it's safe without looking.
5. Drunk driving
It's been illegal for decades, and yet it still happens all too often. Some drunk drivers are so drunk they don't even think rationally and just get behind the wheel. Others are just over the limit and do think about it, assuming they're still sober enough to drive. Every DUI accident is avoidable.
If the driver that hit you was distracted, drunk, or driving aggressively and trying to pass in your lane when there wasn't enough space, you may be able to seek financial compensation. As your medical bills climb and your company loses money, you need to know all of your options.