Causes of Car Accidents

There were 128,420 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania in 2018, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). These crashes claimed
the lives of 1,190 people and injured another 78,219 people. Many of these car accidents are caused by negligent drivers or car manufacturers who can be held legally responsible for the injuries they cause. If you were injured or you lost a loved one in a crash, contact a Philadelphia car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC.

There are many possible circumstances or behaviors that can lead to car accidents. The following are the most common:

  • Aggressive Driving/Road Rage: Unsafe driving behaviors, such as tailgating, cutting off other vehicles, and changing lanes at high rates of speed are all common causes of aggressive driving accidents. According to AAA, aggressive driving can also escalate to road rage, which is violent behavior that can lead to injury or death.
  • Auto Defects: Defective auto parts, such as airbags, brakes, and transmissions can lead to car accidents. Those who are injured due to defects in the design or manufacture of a vehicle may be able to obtain compensation from the manufacturer.
  • Distracted Driving: Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road can be a distraction, such as texting, operating a navigational system, or talking to passengers in the vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018 alone.
  • Drowsy Driving: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving is an epidemic in the U.S. Whether due to inadequate sleep, medication, or sleep disorders, driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
  • Drugged Driving: Drugs, whether illicit, prescribed or over the counter, can affect driving ability. The increase in drugged driving accidents prompted the NHTSA to launch the “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different” campaign in 2018.
  • Drunk Driving: Slowed reflexes, blurred vision, and impaired judgment are just some of the ways in which driving under the influence increases the risk of a car accident. The NHTSA reports that 10,511 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2018 alone.
  • Reckless Driving: Also referred to as careless or dangerous driving, reckless driving can include many types of unsafe driving behaviors, such as racing, running stop signs, and failure to yield the right of way. In Pennsylvania, reckless driving violations can carry penalties of jail time, license suspension, and fines of up to $15,000.
  • Speeding: A form of aggressive driving, speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents. When speeding is involved, the risk of fatality is increased; there were 9,378 speeding-related deaths in 2018, according to the NHTSA.
  • Texting While Driving: Pennsylvania drivers are prohibited from using all interactive wireless communication devices, such as smartphones, GPS devices, or portable computers while driving. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) refers to texting while driving as the trifecta of driving distractions because it involves all three types of distraction; visual, manual, and cognitive.
  • Weather-Related Accidents: The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) reports that approximately 21 percent of all vehicle crashes in the U.S. are weather-related. Wet pavement, rain, snow, icy pavement, and fog are some of the main weather conditions that lead to these types of car accidents.

Recovering for Car Accident Injuries in Pennsylvania

Those who are injured in car accidents may be eligible to obtain compensation from the negligent party who caused the accident. In Pennsylvania, recovery is limited to those with serious injuries due to the no-fault car insurance system. Additionally, the comparative negligence rule applies in instances of shared fault. Therefore, those who are less than 50 percent at-fault for the accident may receive an award reduced by their percentage of fault. However, those who bear more than 50 percent of the legal responsibility will not be entitled to damages.

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Those Injured in All Types of Car Accidents

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is important that you seek legal representation from a Philadelphia car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC as soon as possible. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 215-569-8488. Located in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the surrounding areas.