Car accidents occur every single day here in New York State. Though they can occur for a wide range of reasons, including dangerous road conditions, inclement weather, and more, they typically occur as a result of driver negligence. Please continue reading and reach out to the dedicated Rockland County car accident lawyers here at Mitchell J. Schroeder, P.C. today to learn more about the most common causes of car accidents and how we can help if you’ve been injured in one.

What are the most frequent causes of car accidents?

Some of the most common types of driver negligence that our firm sees lead to car accidents are as follows:

  • Distracted driving: Distracted driving is when a driver fails to pay attention to the road because they are doing something else, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, or looking at a map. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous and prevalent causes of car accidents, as it reduces the driver’s reaction time and awareness of their surroundings.
  • Speeding: When a driver exceeds the posted speed limit or drives too fast for the road conditions, they increase the risk of losing control of the vehicle. Speeding also makes it harder to stop or avoid a collision. Speeding is a factor in the majority of car accidents.
  • Drunk driving: Drunk driving impairs the driver’s judgment, vision, coordination, and reflexes, making them more likely to cause or fail to prevent an accident. Despite everyone knowing just how dangerous drunk driving is, it is still among the most common causes of all auto accidents.
  • Reckless driving: This is when a driver disregards the safety of others by violating traffic laws or engaging in aggressive or risky behaviors, such as running red lights or stop signs, tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, or racing. Reckless driving shows a willful disregard for the rules of the road and the rights of all others sharing the road.
  • Fatigued driving: When a driver operates a vehicle while drowsy or fatigued, they’ll have a lower level of alertness and concentration. This, in turn, slows down their reaction time and decision-making and increases their chances of falling asleep behind the wheel. Fatigued driving can be caused by lack of sleep, long hours of driving, medical conditions, or medications.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to any of the aforementioned, you need a legal team who can effectively fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal. As long as we can prove the other driver was negligent and caused your accident, you should receive compensation to help you deal with the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident. Contact Mitchell J. Schroeder, P.C. today.