Even the safest Washington drivers can be involved in dangerous car accidents when they encounter hazardous motorists on the roads. Defensive driving can only do so much when a distracted driver rear-ends their victim’s car in heavy traffic or when a drunk driver runs a red light and collides with a vehicle that is properly in an intersection. This post will touch on some of the causes of car accidents that may form the legal bases for personal injury lawsuits initiated by accident victims
One cause of many vehicle collisions is negligence. Negligence occurs when a person does not meet the expected standard of care that they should exercise in a given situation. Drivers are expected to operate their vehicles in a safe manner; texting and driving, talking on a cell phone and a myriad of other behaviors can cause a negligent driver to fail in their duty and cause a crash.
Recklessness is also a common cause of vehicle accidents. Recklessness can be more serious than negligence in that a reckless driver may be one who is aware of the risks of their actions but does not care what consequences may result. Aggressive drivers are often reckless because of their intentional and dangerous conduct.
Drunk driving is a special category of vehicle accidents because it is completely preventable and also criminal. Drunk drivers are those who operate vehicles with alcohol or other intoxicants in their systems. A drunk driver may be held criminally and civilly liable for their actions and the losses they cause.
Most car accident causes will fall into these categories. However, all car accident cases are different. Readers who have experienced vehicle collisions should consider discussing their cases with attorneys in their communities.