Some people think of car wrecks as accidents that just happen. While this might be true in limited cases, most car crashes have an underlying cause. Many of these causes can be prevented if drivers would behave responsibly and ensure that they’re ready to drive and their vehicles are in road-worthy condition.

Drowsy driving is a preventable problem because the driver can find a way to avoid driving if they’re fatigued or didn’t get enough rest the night before. They can also pull over at a rest stop if they’re showing signs of fatigue while driving.

Drunk driving is another preventable issue since people can use designated drivers or alternative transportation options instead of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. In some cases, the alcohol impairment is the root cause for other causes of traffic crashes with contributing factors like speeding or reckless or aggressive driving.

Distracted driving is also preventable. Anything that redirects the driver’s attention, takes their eyes off the road or requires them to remove their hands from the steering wheel is a distraction. It doesn’t take a lengthy distraction to lead to a crash, especially when the vehicle is moving at higher rates of speed.

Sometimes, issues with the vehicle, such as bald or weakened tires, improperly working brakes and similar problems can lead to accidents. These issues might be due to owner negligence, but they can also be the result of defective components. The cause of the issue with the vehicle dictates which parties are liable for any resulting damages.

If you’re struck by another driver and suffer injuries, you might opt to pursue a claim for compensation. The root cause of the crash can play a role in your case, so investigating this point is usually beneficial.

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