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Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence in today’s society. From hazardous, unavoidable conditions in our infrastructure to negligence on behalf of our fellow travelers, there are more possible causes for accidents on the road than possibly ever before. Atlanta is no stranger to these causes, and we at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. have helped clients who have been injured due to many of them.

Distracted Driving

With the rise of technologies such as cell phones, electronic billboards designed to attract attention, and even some forms of automobile technology, it’s no wonder that today’s drivers are operating vehicles in perhaps the most distracting circumstances in history. All of these things, which pull your attention away from the road in front of you, have also been known to cause accidents and often serious injuries. To limit this, the state of Georgia has made it mandatory that all drivers over the age of 18 use a hands-free device in order to make phone calls, and the sending of text messages and “Internet data” is banned outright.

Speeding, Reckless Driving, & Moving Violations

Reckless drivers, street racers, or drivers who blatantly break laws designed for safety (including speed limits, stop signs, red lights, and right-of-way designations) can be just as hazardous to roads as a distracted driver. These drivers can easily lose control of their vehicle and collide with other drivers, pedestrians, buildings, causing large amounts of damage, catastrophic injuries, and fatalities.

Inclement Weather

Rain, snow, ice, or even heavy fog can all contribute to unsafe driving conditions, and cause a large number of accidents annually. Whenever visibility conditions are limited, it’s always advised that drivers take extra care when operating a vehicle by reducing speeds, allowing for extra stopping distance, turning on your vehicle’s headlights, and looking carefully around your car before making any maneuvers such as lane changes. Also, be sure your vehicle’s maintenance is kept up to date by periodically checking your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers, and replacing them if they are worn out.

Road Construction or Poor Road Conditions

Bad road conditions, such as rough asphalt, road hazards (i.e. potholes), and worn out road markings can lead to auto accidents, purely because drivers are not aware of the operational procedures in that particular area. This can also be true around construction sites, where confusing cone patterns, poor or confusing road signage, distracted drivers, and suddenly changing traffic flows can all contribute to a car crash. Be sure to always slow down for construction sites and make sure you keep an eye on the road in front of you to avoid collisions with any debris, hazards, or suddenly stopping motorists.

Under the Influence or Intoxicated Drivers

Drunk or intoxicated driving is treated as a serious crime by the state of Georgia, which has implemented large fines, jail time, and license suspensions for those convicted of doing so. Drunk or otherwise intoxicated drivers pose a serious threat to those who share the road with them and are the reason for countless accidents, serious injuries, and deaths each year. If you are going to be enjoying an alcoholic beverage, be sure to do so responsibly, and plan for getting a ride home if you know you are going to be drinking.

At Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. we are a nationally recognized Atlanta personal injury law firm, focusing specifically on catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, welfare, property damage, and more. We have more than 60 years of legal practice experience and have recovered more than $200 million in settlements for our clients.

We offer free initial consultations to new clients. Contact us online or call our Atlanta personal injury attorney at (404) 869-8600 today.