Impaired driving and traveling too fast for prevailing limits and weather conditions are two common reasons why car accidents occur on California roads and highways. Poor road conditions, improper vehicle maintenance and lack of visibility may also contribute to motor vehicle accidents. Let’s take a look at why this is the case and what you might be able to do to reduce your risk of being in a crash.
How does driver impairment increase your risk of a crash?
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol makes it harder to adequately process information. Therefore, you may be more likely to run a red light, go through a stop sign or take other actions that might result in a motor vehicle accident. A lack of awareness may cause you to collide with objects at full speed, which may increase the severity of such a collision.
How do road conditions impact your ability to drive safely?
Roads that are covered in leaves, water or other slick materials may reduce traction. This can increase your stopping distance or otherwise make it harder to control your car. If your car has poor brakes, it may also make it harder to come to a stop in a timely manner. In some cases, you’ll need to drive slower than the posted speed limit to ensure that you can maintain control of your car and avoid a wreck.
If you are injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be compensated for medical bills or other damages. Cellphone records, vehicle maintenance records and other documents may help you establish that the defendant breached their duty of care toward others by causing a wreck to occur.