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Car Accidents and the Most Common Reasons They Happen

Published on February 8th, 2013

Millions of car collisions happen in the United States every year. Even the most cautious and safe drivers are sometimes affected by others’ negligence and carelessness. Individuals who suffer injuries in car accidents can often sue the at-fault party under tort law. This allows the victim to recover medical fees, as well as intangible pain and suffering damages. Here are the most common causes of car accidents:

Distracted Drivers

Driver error plays a role in most car accidents. All drivers on the road owe one another a reasonable duty of care. Each driver is responsible for acting in a reasonably prudent way toward other drivers and any passengers. If that duty of care is breached and a distracted driver causes a car accident, an injured party can sue the at-fault driver under the tort of negligence.

Mechanical Issues

Another one of the most common causes of car collisions is the mechanical failure of key car components, such as the brakes or accelerometer. Failed components can prevent drivers from swerving or braking in time to avoid dangerous conditions and other cars on the road.

Unsafe Road Conditions

Wet pavement, heavy winds, and reduced visibility can affect even the best driver. Unsafe road conditions are another common cause of car accidents. Losing control of your vehicle is exponentially easier if your tires lose traction or if you are unable to see the next turn in the road. Some of the most serious accidents resulting from unsafe road conditions involve large trucks and other commercial vehicles that have trouble stopping on a dime or maneuvering challenging terrain.

If you suffered injuries in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you likely have a personal injury case against the at-fault party. Shea Law Group is a Chicago law firm that has years of experience helping Illinois residents obtain fair compensation for their pain after an accident. Call us at (773) 365-0040 today to schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our staff.

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